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Special Patrolman Sylvester M. Turpin | Paris Police Department, Kentucky Paris Police Department, Kentucky

Special Patrolman

Sylvester M. Turpin

Paris Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, July 27, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 2 days

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Patrolman Sylvester Turpin was shot and killed attempting to arrest a man who was intoxicated and creating a disturbance in his neighborhood.

The Paris police chief and another officer were preparing to leave for Lexington when they were notified of the problem. They picked up Patrolman Turpin and drove to the suspect's home to arrest him.

The police chief remained in the car as Patrolman Turpin went to the back door and the other officer went to the front door. As Patrolman Turpin attempted to open the door the man inside fired a shotgun through a window, striking him in the abdomen and killing him instantly.

Upon hearing the shot, the police chief ran to the back of the house and returned fire, striking the suspect in the head. The suspect died in a hospital later that night.

Patrolman Turpin had been sworn in only two days earlier to fill in for an officer who was sick. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 99th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 20, 2013

 

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