Sheriff O. Gay Hovatter

Sheriff O. Gay Hovatter

Tucker County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1946

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O. Gay Hovatter

Sheriff O. Gay Hovatter and Sergeant Joseph Horne, of the West Virginia State Police, were shot and killed while arresting a man for stealing a coal truck.

The officers had served the arrest warrant at the man's home and accompanied him inside to obtain personal effects. While inside, the man shot and killed both officers with a pistol he had hidden in his waistband. The suspect then shot Sheriff Hovatter's son, who had accompanied his father.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested the following day during a massive manhunt. The man was convicted of the murders and executed by hanging.

Sheriff Hovatter was survived by his wife, four children, and two brothers.

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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 9, 2020

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