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Chief of Police Jim Sizemore | Prestonsburg Police Department, Kentucky Prestonsburg Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

Jim Sizemore

Prestonsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, September 11, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Chief Jim Sizemore was shot and killed by a man who was seeking revenge against the chief for an incident that had occurred several months earlier.

The man's father and uncle had been shot and killed in a shooting two months earlier when another officer attempted to arrest one of the men. The man's family attacked the officer and beat him. As one of the family members sat on the officer, another family member shot at the officer, but accidentally fatally shot the family member.

During the ensuing shooting, the other family member was killed. The suspect who shot Chief Sizemore had blamed the chief for not preventing the incident.

The two men were eventually acquitted after the county attempted to hold a trial but could not find jurors not already informed of the events. The county ran out of funds for the cost of the trial before they could start.

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Beverly C. Mellon was a Deputy US Marshall at the time of this shooting and his death. The newspaper for 8/1926 gives a bit different account of this tragedy.

Lynne Mellon
extended family member
April 8, 2017

 

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