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Constable William Austin McCreary County Constable's Office, Kentucky


William Austin "Bud" Boyatt

McCreary County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 7, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/6/1960

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Constable Boyatt was shot and killed as he approached four individuals in a vehicle that he suspected of bootlegging.

The suspects had parked parked beside the road he traveled from his residence. As he passed the vehicle, one suspect raised a bottle of liquor up for him to see. He went up the road and turned around and returned to the car. As he was walking from his car to the suspect's car, he was shot approximately four times with a shotgun. His teen-aged son was with him and witnessed the shooting. The son returned fire as the men ran from the scene. Constable Boyatt died from his injuries three hours later.

Constable Boyatt has served in law enforcement for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and 11 children.

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I was three year old when my dad was killed in the line of duty. I don't even remember him but have heard all the stories from my older siblings. I look forward to meeting my dad in heaven.
It makes me happy to know other appreciate the job he did.

Dee Taylor
Youngest Daughter
July 24, 2014


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