09 November 2010
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

The day it happened, Staunton newspaper boys sold more than 3,000 extra papers.

People wanted to read about it – how then-Augusta County Sheriff G. Maslin Gilkeson and Deputy Frank Armstrong faced gunfire from a mad man as they served a lunacy warrant.

“Don’t come any closer” Charles Johnson, the shooter, shouted.

Seventy years later, on Tuesday, two of Gilkeson’s relatives finished the story while reading from yellowed copies of old newspapers. Grace Gilkeson, 83, and her daughter, Margaret McDowell, 57, both of Texas, stopped by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office on their way to Pennsylvania to accept two posthumous awards for Sheriff Gilkeson.

They gasped at the details of the story as their eyes scanned the words.


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