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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 10, 2013

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