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Night Watchman Joseph M. Self | University of Kentucky Police Department, Kentucky University of Kentucky Police Department, Kentucky

Night Watchman

Joseph M. Self

University of Kentucky Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, February 10, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Watchman Joseph Self was shot and killed while confronting the occupants of a car that had pulled up in front of Mechanical Hall at approximately 11:00 pm.

He had just told the occupants that he was going to take them to the police station when one of the men opened fire, striking him once.

Despite being mortally wounded, Watchman Self returned fire and wounded the suspect twice. The suspect, who was a student at the university, was taken into the custody the following morning after he sought treatment for his wounds at the local hospital.

The 21-year-old suspect, who claimed Watchman Self fired first, was tried and acquitted.

Watchman Self had served with the University of Kentucky Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his wife.

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A true, RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
February 11, 2012

 

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