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Sheriff Sam L. Green | Rowan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Rowan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky


Sam L. Green

Rowan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, December 31, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 16 gauge

Offender: Deceased

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Sheriff Sam Green was shot and killed by a suspect while serving a warrant as a result of a domestic disturbance earlier in the day.

He was assisting the city police department and had gone to the home with a city police officer. The city officer went to the front door and Sheriff Green went to the back door. As the sheriff approached the back door, the suspect fired a 16 gauge shotgun through the door, striking him.

The suspect then stole Sheriff Green's gun and attempted to flee. He then shot and wounded the city police officer as the officer came around the house after hearing the gunfire. The suspect was arrested approximately 45 minutes later. The man was sentenced to life in prison but released after serving only 12 years. He later died of tuberculosis.

Sheriff Green had served with the Rowan County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.

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As a child of 8 in 1962, I remember going to the Sheriff's house and watching my mother shooting a revolver from the back porch of his house, I remember picking up the spent casings on the porch and gound, most likey .38. I recall the phone call from "Auntie ""Mauk, Who lived at Fleming Avenue, Telling of his Murder as we were in the living room on Daniels Avenue, on a black bakelight telephone.

Phillip Michael Curis
Morehead Police Department
March 20, 2013


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