Police Officer J. Wesley Moore

Police Officer J. Wesley Moore

Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, July 27, 1944

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J. Wesley Moore

Officer Moore was shot and killed with his own service weapon when he attempted to arrest a man for disorderly conduct. The suspect was able to grab Officer Moore's revolver and shot him four times.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 18 years in prison January 30, 1945.

Officer Moore had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his three children.

Officer Moore's third cousin, Deputy Duran Ratliff, was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 6, 1973, while serving with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, Virginia.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 20, 2013

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