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Deputy Sheriff Oscar Burkhart | Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Oscar Burkhart

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, November 7, 1968

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Burkhart was shot and killed while attempting to transport a prisoner to the county jail. The prisoner's parents opened fire on Deputy Burkhart's patrol car, firing over 50 rounds into it and fatally wounding him. All of the suspects fled the scene after the shooting but were captured a short time later.

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RIP Deputy Burkhart. 45 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the people of Kentucky and the United States.

November 7, 2013


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