Chief of Police Joseph Russell Gautier

Chief of Police Joseph Russell Gautier

Lester Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1941

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Joseph Russell Gautier

Chief Gautier was shot and killed while executing an arrest warrant with another officer.

Chief Gautier and Constable D. W. Snuffer went to arrest a man with a warrant for malicious wounding. While arresting him, the suspect got both the officers weapons and shot and killed Officer Gautier.

Chief Gautier was survived by his wife, son, five daughters, and his parents.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Chief Gautier,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lester.


United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2021

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