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Deputy Sheriff Bert Casteel | Laurel County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Laurel County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Bert Casteel

Laurel County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Bert Casteel was shot and killed as he and his brother attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Deputy Casteel went to the home's front door while his brother went to the back door to prevent the suspects from escaping.

As the deputies entered the home the mother of some of the men struck Deputy Casteel's brother with a stove stick. As Deputy Casteel entered the front one of the men opened fire on him, striking him the torso. He returned fire, killing the subject.

Seeing that he was wounded, Deputy Casteel's brother told him to go seek help while he held the mother and one other suspect at gunpoint. Deputy Casteel made it about 200 yards before he collapsed and died.

One additional occupant of the house was able to escape, but was arrested several days later.

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Deputy Sheriff Casteel,
On today, the 113th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Laurel County.


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March 21, 2016


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