Patrolman Wilbur H. Grubb

Patrolman Wilbur H. Grubb

Buckhannon Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, April 21, 1940

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Wilbur 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 had served with the agency for 2.5 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1940

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Thank you for your service to the Buckhannon Police dept. and citizens of Buckhannon WV. May Gods grace be with you and may peace and understanding always be with your family.

Former Chief of Police, Larry G. Marsh
buckhannon Police Dept.

September 3, 2014

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