Sheriff Arthur J. Brookshire

Sheriff Arthur J. Brookshire

Estill County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, May 8, 1928

Arthur J. Brookshire

Sheriff Brookshire was shot and killed by bootleggers during an investigation. He and the Irvine police chief had stopped a couple on horseback and the sheriff asked to search the wife's saddlebags. The husband refused to let the officers search the bag without a warrant. The Irvine chief returned to town to obtain a warrant and as he returned with another deputy they heard several gun shots. When they made it back to the scene they found Sheriff Brookshire dead. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death in May 1928. He appealed, received a second trial, and was sentenced to life.

Sheriff Brookshire was survived by his wife, who was appointed to serve her husband's remaining term as sheriff.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary of your death. 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

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 8, 2012

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