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Deputy Sheriff John Middleton | Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

John Middleton

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, August 16, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff John Middleton was shot and killed by a man who was collecting snakes to use at an upcoming church service.

Kentucky law prohibited snake handling at church services. When Deputy Middleton confronted the man about his activities he was shot and killed. The subject who shot him was arrested and charged with murder. Another man who provided the gun was charged an accessory to murder.

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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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