Patrolman Russell McCurry

Patrolman Russell McCurry

Salem Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, February 29, 1976

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Russell McCurry

Patrolman Russell McCurry was shot and killed while chasing a juvenile he had observed breaking into cars in the parking lot of the Sheraton Inn along I-81.

Patrolman McCurry and other officers were conducting surveillance of a motel parking lot when they observed the offense. Patrolman McCurry gave chase of one of the juveniles. During the chase the subject pulled a small-caliber handgun and fired one shot, striking Patrolman McCurry in the chest as he ran toward I-81.

Two juveniles and one adult were arrested and charged with Patrolman McCurry's murder.

Patrolman McCurry was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the agency for just nine months. He was survived by his wife and two teenage daughters. He is buried at Sherwood Burial Park, Salem, Virginia.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

foot pursuit, juvenile offender, larceny, plainclothes, surveillance

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I am trying g to contact office McCurrys daughter Beverly. If anyone knows her location or her period, I I know her mom and dad in the 70s when they lived in Salem. My cell is 865 776 6433. Thanks for your help.

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Charles Tracy Mills

March 20, 2020

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