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Deputy Game Warden James Claxton | Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

Deputy Game Warden

James Claxton

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, December 23, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # 92

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Deputy Game Warden James Claxton was shot and killed in Carroll County as he and two other wardens served a warrant on a man for using a double wing net in violation of state game laws.

When the wardens entered the man's house boat he picked up a double barreled shotgun and pointed it at the officers. Warden Claxton opened fire on the man, missing but wounding his son. The subject fired his shotgun, striking Warden Claxton. Despite being mortally wounded, Warden Claxton returned fire and seriously wounded the subject.

Deputy Claxton was survived by his wife, two young children, and mother.

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Thank you all for remembering Warden Claxton. He was my Dad's father and was killed when my dad was just 2 1/2 months old. We lost my mom the weekend this memorial was dedicated and it meant so much to my Dad to have his father remembered. I was able to give him the flag from the ceremony on Christmas last year.

Amy Rhee
Granddaughter
December 24, 2015

 

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