Patrolman Wilbert H. Grubb

Patrolman Wilbert H. Grubb

Buckhannon Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, April 21, 1940

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Wilbert H. Grubb

Patrolman Grubb was shot and killed while investigating an attempted rape. When he arrived at the residence he was shot in the head by a shotgun blast fired through a window. The suspect shot him a second time as he lay on the ground.

The suspect, driving a stolen car, was captured by a state trooper later in the day. He was convicted of first-degree murder and hanged on June 28, 1940.

Patrolman Grubb, a WWI Army veteran, had served with the agency for two years and six months. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1940


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Patrolman Grubb,
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 Buckhannon. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 21, 2020

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