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Deputy Sheriff Columbus Partin | Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Columbus Partin

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, September 12, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Columbus Partin was shot and killed while participating in a liquor raid with deputies from Bell County, Knox County, and federal prohibition agents.

Two brothers were arrested and charged with his murder. They were subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A few days after their conviction they escaped from the county jail and remained at large for more than six years. They were captured in Oklahoma on December 10, 1927.

Deputy Partin, who was also a justice of the peace, had been sworn in as a deputy only six hours before being murdered.

Deputy Partin was survived by his wife and is buried in Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa, Bell County, Kentucky.

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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 92nd 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 8, 2013


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