June 2, 1965: Oneal Moore, the first black deputy sheriff for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in Varnado, Louisiana, is murdered. Moore, who was 34-year-old Army veteran, left behind a wife and four daughters at the time of his death.
Moore was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, June 2nd. He was driving home from work when a pickup truck pulled up to the side of Moore’s patrol car. An occupant in the truck opened fire with a gun on Moore and his partner, Creed Rogers. Rogers survived the shooting and managed to broadcast a description of the pickup truck on his police radio.
Two suspects in the shooting, one of whom was identified as Ernest Ray McElveen. were arrested in Mississippi not long afterward. However, no charges were filed in the case due to a lack of evidence.
The investigation was reopened by the FBI in 1990, 2001, and 2007. The prime suspect in the case died in 2003.
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