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Chief of Police James V. Gross | Lynch Police Department, Kentucky Lynch Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

James V. Gross

Lynch Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 1, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/30/1924

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1925

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Chief James Gross was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunshots at a coal camp in Lynch. He and his brother were driving on Lynch Road when they heard the shots.

As they drove to the area where they believed the shots had been fired a woman ran from her house and yelled that she had been robbed. As he exited his vehicle the suspect opened fire, striking him in the chest and side.

Chief Gross' brother returned fire and chased the suspect a short distance, before returning to the car. He and a bystander placed Chief Gross in the car and drove him to Lynch Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

The suspect was arrested in Roda, Virgina. He was returned to Lynch and charged with first degree murder. He was subsequently executed by electrocution on March 20th, 1925.

Chief Lynch was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Lynch Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th 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 murdered in 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
April 1, 2012


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