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Chief of Police John D. Gilliam | Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

John D. Gilliam

Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, January 13, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief of Police John Gilliam was shot and killed while checking on a restaurant while making his rounds.

When he entered the restaurant a drunk man inside suddenly jumped up and opened fire on the chief, shooting him three times. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Gilliam was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Chief Gilliam had served with the Cumberland Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
June 18, 2012

 

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