Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Sheriff John Hughes Mitchell

Henry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 4, 1922

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John Hughes Mitchell

Deputy Mitchell was shot and killed in an ambush after seizing illegal whiskey.

Deputy Mitchell had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Office for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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My grand father, George Whittle Mitchell, was the son of John Hughes Mitchell, and was quite young when his father, and my great grandfather, was shot and killed. I grew up hearing the story of his being ambushed and the hardship it caused for the family and how my grandfather dropped out of school to help support thr family. I grew up to know my great grandmother and she was quite a character and lived to a ripe old age. Hearing about my great grandfather was one reason I sought a degree in “Administration of Justice and Public Safety” from VCU and then on to law school and the practice of law for the past 39 years. I once took my grandfather and grandmother Mitchell to Martinsville for a ceremony where local fallen officers were honored. It meant a lot to my grandfather. It is my understanding from info handed down to me that a individual in the 1940’s supposedly confessed to being one of the gunmen who did the shooting. My grandfather named one of his sons (my uncle), Hughes; I’m sure in honor of his father.

Steven P. Roadcap
Great grandson to John Hughes Mitchell

February 15, 2018

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