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Captain Cornelius N. Hendricks | Lexington Police Department, Kentucky Lexington Police Department, Kentucky

Captain

Cornelius N. Hendricks

Lexington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, August 1, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Captain Cornelius Hendricks was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance between two men in a saloon on Water Street. The owner of the saloon intervened and exchanged shots with Captain Hendricks. Despite being wounded in the head, Captain Hendricks was able to return fire and wounded the suspect twice.

The man was arrested but later acquitted of Captain Hendricks' murder.

Captain Hendricks was a former police chief of the Lexington Police Department and had served with the agency for 15 years. He was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.

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Captain CorneliusNeal Hendricks was a brother of my great-grandmother (Williams linage). There is NOTHING on file to indicate he was ever the Chief of Police in Lexington. A trip to the Lexington Library at West Main and Limestone Southeast corner and read the reporters write up you may glimpse the sort of man "unafraid of the devil type" that he was. They had to "pass the hat" to pay for his funeral. He is interred in Section B of the Lexington Cemetery. What happened to his penniless widow was never discussed at the few family reunions. I am 93 years old. Cap'n Neal died young.

James C. Devine, Major, USAFR & USA Ret.
Direct family bloodline. Last surviving male of direct blood line.
May 3, 2017

 

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