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Deputy Constable James S. Harlan County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Constable

James S. "Sol" Saylor

Harlan County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, May 15, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/13/1932

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Constable Sol Saylor was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in the Wallins Creek community.

The subject had just been released from the federal penitentiary in Atlanta after serving a two year term. When Deputy Saylor arrived at the man's home to arrest him the man resisted. He opened fire on Constable Saylor with .45 caliber handgun, striking him twice in the chest. Despite being wounded, Constable Saylor was able to return fire and struck the subject twice, mortally wounding him. He died the next day.

Deputy Constable Saylor was survived by his wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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