Patrolman Raymond Leslie Munson

Patrolman Raymond Leslie Munson

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 10, 1940

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Raymond Leslie Munson

Patrolman Raymond Munson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a local constable for drunk driving. As he and another officer were placing the suspect in the patrol car he bolted and ran. As Patrolman Munson pursued, the suspect turned and shot him once in the abdomen. Despite being shot Patrolman Munson continued to pursue the suspect and subdued him. Patrolman Munson died at the hospital the next day.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 18 years in prison May 18, 1941. He was killed in an automobile accident several years after being released.

Patrolman Munson had served with the Charleston Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

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Today, 73 years after you made the ultimate sacrifice, we honro you Patrolman Munson by dedicating our watch to you. R.I.P. brother, we have the watch.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department, VA

December 10, 2013

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