Deputy Sheriff George Stewart Maynard

Deputy Sheriff George Stewart Maynard

McDowell County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, September 8, 1977

George Stewart Maynard

Deputy George Maynard was shot and killed while he and another deputy were questioning two suspects about a breaking and entering that had occurred earlier in the day.

The deputies had taken the two suspects to the department for questioning. Deputy Maynard took one of the men into the sheriff's office to read him his rights as the other deputy questioned the other man in an adjacent room.

Deputy Maynard suddenly called out that the suspect had a gun and was immediately shot. The other deputy then exchanged shots with the suspect, wounding him in the foot. The man was taken into custody a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 18 years in prison March 28, 1978. He received an additional one to 10 years for breaking and entering.

Deputy Maynard had previously served with the Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Department and the West Virginia State Police. He was survived by his wife, child, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 to 18 years

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Deputy Maynard, I am a retired CHP officer and I check each and every day what brave men and women have given their lives for our safety. Upon looking at your photo I couldn’t help but say that you and I could have been twins.
We were already brothers at heart due to our professions but now we are really brothers. I will always remember you and dedicate your proud and honorable life each and every day. GOD bless you and your family and Semper Fi.

State Traffic Officer W.M.Becze 7185
California Highway Patrol

September 8, 2018

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