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Sheriff W. Floyd Ball | Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Sheriff

W. Floyd Ball

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/1928

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Apprehended

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Sheriff Floyd Ball and Deputy John Hensley were shot and killed when they attempted to arrest three men who had just crashed their car through a barricade onto a newly concreted highway between Harlan and Pineville. The suspects opened fire on the officers as they exited their patrol car and then shot Deputy Hensley several more times as he lay on the ground.

All three suspects were captured the next day after their car was found overturned a mile from the crime scene and the owners were traced through the license plate information.

Sheriff Ball was survived by his wife and six children.

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Deputy Sheriff John J. Hensley
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
December 30, 2012

 

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