Deputy Sheriff John Middleton

Deputy Sheriff John Middleton

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, August 16, 1943

John Middleton

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.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with 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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