Private James L. Lowe

Private James L. Lowe

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 28, 1926

James L. Lowe

Private James Lowe was shot and killed during a raid on a moonshine still near Richwood, West Virginia.

Late on Friday, June 22nd, the troopers were guided to the still by a 13-year-old boy. At daylight Saturday, the gang running the still sighted them and opened fire. The troopers captured the still, wounded two of the gang, and took them into custody. Returning Saturday evening, they were ambushed again and Private Lowe went down, riddled with bullets.

Private Lowe died five days later, never having regained consciousness.

Some of the gang of moonshiners were apprehended.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 23, 1926
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

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