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Deputy Jailer Joel C. Park | Madison County Detention Center, Kentucky Madison County Detention Center, Kentucky

Deputy Jailer

Joel C. Park

Madison County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 27, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Deputy Jailer Joel Park was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man for stealing a suit from another man.

The Madison County judge had asked Deputy Jailer Park to serve the warrant because the sheriff was out of town and the sheriff's deputies were occupied with other business.

Deputy Park accompanied the complainant to a home in Garrard County where the suspect's brother lived. As they approached the home they saw the brother and the suspect. Deputy Park announced that they had a warrant and informed the man he was under arrest.

As the man attempted to draw a pistol Deputy Park fired two warning shots from a small-caliber pistol. At that moment, the suspect's brother took the man's pistol, ran around the house, and then shot Deputy Park in the back.

After being wounded, Deputy Park drew his larger-caliber pistol and returned fire, striking the man in the leg. He then walked to a nearby store where a doctor was summoned.

Deputy Park succumbed to his wound several hours later.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 27, 2015


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