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Special Deputy Sheriff Jim Daniels | Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Special Deputy Sheriff

Jim Daniels

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Six sentenced to life

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Special Deputy Daniels and Special Deputy Arthur Lee were shot and killed in a gun battle with local miners during a strike at the Black Mountain Coal Company.

From Febuary to June in 1931 numerous confrontations erupted between coal miners, mine guards, and law enforcement at the Black Mountain Coal Company in Evart. On April 17, during one of these confrontations, Special Deputy Jessie J. Pace of the Harlan County Sheriff's Department was shot and killed. On May 5th several deputies were sent to the area to disperse the strikers, who were clashing with non-union workers. No one knows who fired the first shot, but when the smoke cleared Deputy Daniels, Deputy Lee, a miner, and another man lay dead. An undetermined number of miners that were dead and dying were carried off into the mountains. Governor Flem D. Sampson sent 370 national guardsmen to restore order. By mid June the strike had collapsed.

Six men were eventually arrested and charged with Deputy Daniels' and Deputy Lee's murder. All six were found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Special Deputy Sheriff Jessie J. Pace
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Friday, April 17, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

Special Deputy Sheriff Arthur Lee
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst anniversary 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 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 California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 6, 2012


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