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Deputy Sheriff George M. Hart | Clark County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Clark County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

George M. Hart

Clark County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, November 24, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Deputy George Hart was shot to death by a railroad worker while he was investigating a shooting at a railroad camp at the corner of Main and Broadway Sunday night, a few minutes after 6 o'clock. The Winchester chief of police was standing nearby and rushed to the deputy's side as he lay dying. “Oh, they've killed me,” Deputy Hart reportedly uttered.

Deputy Hart was shot twice, one bullet struck just below his stomach, severing an artery, and the other struck near his heart. He was carried to the a doctor's office on North Main Street, where he died. Funeral services were held two days later at First Christian Church.

The railroad worker was convicted of murder in January 1913, less than two months after the shooting, and was executed for the crime in the state's electric chair at Eddyville three months later. In February 1913 it was reported that four other suspects were involved in Deputy Hart's killing: one was at large; one was in jail; one was killed resisting arrest; and one was wounded by a deputy and fled, his body was found two weeks.

Deputy Hart was reported to have served as a Clark County Jailor as well as a Deputy Sheriff and he was survived by his wife, daughter, son, and sisters.

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Your service to this county is not forgotten. Thank you sir.

Sergeant Jon Best
Lexington Police Explorers
July 26, 2014

 

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