Deputy Sheriff Oneal Moore

Deputy Sheriff Oneal Moore

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, June 2, 1965

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Oneal Moore

Deputy Sheriff Oneal Moore was shot and killed when he and his partner were ambushed while on patrol.

A pickup truck pulled up alongside their patrol car, and an occupant in the truck's bed opened fire, killing Deputy Moore and wounding his partner. Deputy Moore was Washington Parish's first black deputy, and it is believed that the deputies were attacked because of their race. There was an ongoing race war in the region led by the Ku Klux Klan.

Two suspects were arrested in Mississippi following the murder, but no charges were filed by the prosecuting attorney due to a lack of evidence. However, the investigation was reopened by the FBI in 1990, again in 2001, and was re-opened in 2009 by their Civil Rights-era Cold Case Initiative. The prime suspect died in 2003.

Deputy Moore was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife and four young daughters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case reopened in 2001


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I just read about Deputy Oneal Moore's case in the book, "Dark Bayou - Infamous Louisiana Homicides." It is terrible that he was killed because of his race. I grew up in Louisiana and have worked in Law Enforcement since 1988. During the next Police Week, I plan to get a charcoal rubbing of Deputy Oneal's name from the National Office Down Memorial Wall. Rest in Peace, Deputy.

ASD James Davison
Shenandoah County, VA Sheriff's Office

April 19, 2024

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