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May 15, 2017

Ceremony honors three local officers killed on duty

About 80 citizens and members of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office gathered Monday morning at the annual memorial service to remember two deputies and a railway detective killed on duty.

The ceremony included a wreath laying, prayers, bagpipes, lowering the flags to half-staff and remarks by Sheriff Bob Mosier and Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Chris Butler (Lee District).

The event took place during National Police Week at the memorial outside the county jail at 50 W. Lee St. in Warrenton.

The sheriff’s office honored:

• Sgt. Charles Ebert Murray Jr., killed July 9, 1990.

Sgt. Murray died when an Amtrak passenger train at an ungated crossing on Eustace Road struck his unmarked patrol car as he drove to serve a warrant. Sgt. Murray had served 10 years with the sheriff’s office for 10 years.

• Deputy John Henry Walter, killed July 5, 1972.

Deputy Walter died in an automobile accident enroute Richmond with another deputy. The other deputy attempted to pass a vehicle on Route 17, but his vision was obstructed because of heavy rain. Their vehicle struck another vehicle head-on, killing Deputy Walter instantly.

• Sgt. John Holcombe Woodson, died August 5, 1946.

Sgt. Woodson served with the Southern Railroad Police Department for 31 years. He was shot and killed near Catlett when he and another railroad detective approached a man to question him about freight thefts. Before the detectives spoke to the man, he produced a .22 caliber handgun and opened fire. One shot struck Sgt. Woodson in the neck, mortally wounding him. Sgt. Woodson died at the hospital in Warrenton. The man was convicted of murder and executed.

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BJ · May 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm
Thank you for your service to the community. Hope your families can rest knowing you were a shining example of giving your all.
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