Reserve Deputy Virgil H. McGee

Reserve Deputy Virgil H. McGee

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 1973

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Virgil H. McGee

Reserve Deputy Virgil McGee was shot and killed while working security for a Safeway Stroe at 7318 Prospect Avenue at 7:42 p.m.

Deputy McGee struggled with two youths who were attempting to rob one of the grocery store cashiers. During the scuffle, one subject fired, striking Deputy McGee twice.

The 17-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on February 13, 1974. The accomplice became a habitual career felon, and in 1990, he was sentenced to 830 years plus life in prison.

Deputy McGee was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, three sisters, a brother, and eight grandchildren.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile offender, off duty, robbery

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Reserve Deputy McGee,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 24, 2023

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