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Sheriff Samuel Wilson Catron | Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky


Samuel Wilson Catron

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, April 13, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 111

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Samuel Catron was shot and killed in an assassination while leaving a political rally in Shopville, Kentucky at 1915 hours.

He has just given a campaign speech for the upcoming election in which he was running for his fifth term as sheriff. A suspect shot Sheriff Catron in the head with a high-powered rifle as he placed two cakes he had just purchased from a fundraiser into his patrol car. Sheriff Catron was wearing a vest at the time.

The suspect then attempted to flee the scene on a motorcycle but was apprehended by a deputy and a firefighter several miles away. The suspect was charged with capital murder. Two other suspects, including one of Sheriff Catron's former deputies and opponent in the election, were also charged with complicity to murder. Two of the suspects were sentenced to life in prison.

Sheriff Catron's father, Harold Catron Sr., was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 16, 1964 while serving as Chief of Police for the Somerset, Kentucky, Police Department.

Sheriff Catron had been with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for 28 years, and had served as sheriff since 1986. He is survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters.

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Chief of Police Harold Lewis Catron, Sr.
Somerset Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 16, 1964
Cause: Gunfire

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It's impossible to "learn" to be brave, it's inside, in several heart: Samuel had a big heart, and he was, like his father before him, a noble servant of Justice. The pain of the family will always be great, but the pride to belong to the same Sam and his father's ancestry will instill in all of them always a great pride. We also are proud for men like Samuel, so rare to find!
Because Sam was a truly great man, and deservedly a great hero. Rest in peace now, Samuel, with your father in Paradise. Amen.

Mrs.Claudia Allegrini
January 18, 2014


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