WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday honored a deputy slain 50 years ago in an ambush.
Deputy O'Neal Moore was killed while on duty June 2, 1965, in rural Washington Parish. Moore was on patrol with his partner, Deputy David "Creed" Rogers, when the pair was shot by unknown subjects. Moore was killed and Rogers was injured.
The case remains unsolved.
Moore was honored by Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal in a memorial service at the Sheriff's Office. Seal and Moore's widow, Maevella Moore, placed a wreath next to a bronze relief plaque of Moore in the lobby of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.
"This was a cowardly deed that brought devastation to the Moore family," Seal said. "In spite of their tragic loss, they have persevered and continue to be one of the finest families in our parish. While we cannot erase the past, we can continue to work together to improve the future."
Moore was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for one year. He was 34 years old when he died and was survived by his wife and four daughters.