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Special Deputy Marshal James Wood | Upton Police Department, Kentucky Upton Police Department, Kentucky

Special Deputy Marshal

James Wood

Upton Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, December 10, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1915

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Special Deputy Marshal James Wood was shot and killed while assisting the town marshal arrest a man wanted for robbery in Elizabethtown.

The marshal had verbally deputized Deputy Marshal Wood to assist with arresting the man. The subject opened fire on them as they approached him at the Louisville & Nashville Railroad depot. Deputy Marshal Wood was shot and killed.

The suspect the scene but was located three days later by Hardin County Sheriff Robert McMurtry. The suspect shot and killed Sheriff McMurtry while hiding in the attic of a home the sheriff was searching. The man was convicted of murder and executed in the electric chair on July 30, 1915.

Special Deputy Wood had served with the Upton Police Department for only one day. He was survived by his wife.

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Sheriff Robert Terry McMurtry
Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Sunday, December 13, 1914
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 10, 2011


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