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Deputized Civilian John Brooks | Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputized Civilian

John Brooks

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 22, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy John Brooks and Deputy Robert Smith were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on three men wanted for robbing a miner. He had deputized four men, including John Brooks, to assist with the arrests.

As Deputy Smith read the warrant to the three men one of them produced a handgun and opened fire, striking him in the abdomen. A shootout ensued between the three suspects and five officers in which Deputy Brooks and one of the suspects were killed.

The other two suspects fled the scene but were both quickly arrested. Deputy Smith succumbed to his wounds the following day.

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Deputy Sheriff Robert B. Smith
Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 1908
Cause: Gunfire

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On today, the 108th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Deputy Sheriff for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knox County.


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