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Sheriff Thomas Wilson Napier | Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky


Thomas Wilson Napier

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, September 18, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Sheriff Thomas Napier was shot and killed as he and the Stanford town marshal attempted to arrest a man who had fired his pistol into the ground during a night of drinking. As the officers attempted to arrest him on Main Street, the man turned and shot Sheriff Napier in the abdomen and shoulder, mortally wounding him and wounding the town marshal.

The suspect fled the scene and avoided capture despite a massive manhunt for him.

Sheriff Napier had been elected sheriff in 1868 and had previously served as superintendent of the Lincoln County Poorhouse. He was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was survived by several siblings, nieces, and nephews.

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Sheriff Napier,
On today, the 161st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lincoln County.


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September 18, 2015


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