Canton bridge named after fallen officer
The new bridge off Park Street in Canton now bears the name of a police officer who was killed on the job 37 years ago.
George Rogers, a 21-year veteran of the Canton Police Department, was shot and killed during a domestic violence call on May 21, 1974.
Jerry Boone, who was 31 at the time, was beating his ex-wife at 60 Prospect St. in Canton when Rogers and fellow officer Carroll Hill arrived on the scene around 11:45 p.m., according to a Mountaineer article at the time.
After breaking up the argument, Boone began firing a gun at the neighbor while the officers were walking to their cars.
Hill exchanged shots with Boone, but Rogers never removed his pistol from the holster.
Boone shot out the front right tire and rear left tire of the car and then shot Rogers through the head when he ...