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Chief of Police Robert Philpot | Irvine Police Department, Kentucky Irvine Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

Robert Philpot

Irvine Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, August 20, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief of Police Robert Philpot and Deputy Sheriff Henry Reed, of the Estill County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed after being confronted by a special officer after arresting a man for bootlegging.

The special officer demanded that the prisoner be released. As they argued with the officer a crowd developed and the prisoner's family were able to take him from the officers. A shootout ensued in which Deputy Reed and Chief Philpot were both shot and killed.

The special officer and a brother of the prisoner were both arrested and charged with murder.Chief Philpot was survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff Henry Thomas Reed
Estill County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1920
Cause: Gunfire

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Chief Philpot was my great great grandfather, I will pass on his memory to my children and hope they do the same. I have followed in his footsteps and became a Officer too. Rest in peace Chief (Grandfather) Philpot.

Berea Police Grandson
May 12, 2015


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