Marshal Gordon Lunsford

Marshal Gordon Lunsford

Chesapeake Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, June 3, 1951

Gordon Lunsford

Marshal Gordon Lunsford was shot and killed as he and a Lawrence County deputy attempted to arrest a man on a peace warrant in the Corryville area of Lawrence County.

The two officers were fired on by the suspect when they arrived at his house. The deputy was wounded in the shoulder, head, and leg, but was able to return fire along with Marshal Lunsford. The subject retreated into his house and then shot at Marshal Lunsford, striking him in the head, killing him.

The man, who had been wounded in the arm, was arrested in West Virginia as he attempted to make it to a hospital across the state line. He was convicted of Marshal Lunsford's murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 6th, 1951.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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You are my 2nd cousin, 3 times removed. I honor your service and remember you in our family. Know that you are never forgotten. I too was a law enforcement officer and I was shot on duty, but survived. I too fired back at the suspect, after I was shot.
Always remembered,

Officer Diane Hall
Retired San Diego Police Dept.

December 30, 2016

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