Trooper Robert Fulton Giles

Trooper Robert Fulton Giles

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, July 23, 1954

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Robert Fulton Giles

Trooper Robert Giles was shot and killed as he and a police officer attempted to break up a fight between two men outside a cafe on U.S. 58-A in Coeburn, Wise County, Virginia.

One of the subjects shot Trooper Giles with his own service weapon after it fell from its holster during the struggle. He was transported to Park Avenue Hospital, in Norton, where he died the following day.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Trooper Giles was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 561

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 22, 1954
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My dad was envolved in this fight and I've always heard the wrong man got acussed for this murder. I heard later someone on their death bed admitted to this crime, who was it?

Rhonda Nixon
son of Ralph Nixon

June 6, 2018

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