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Deputy Sheriff John J. Hensley | Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

John J. Hensley

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy John Hensley and Sheriff Floyd Ball were shot and killed when they attempted to arrest three men who had just crashed their car through a barricade onto a newly concreted highway between Harlan and Pineville. The suspects opened fire on the officers as they exited their patrol car and then shot Deputy Hensley several more times as he lay on the ground.

All three suspects were captured the next day after their car was found overturned a mile from the crime scene and the owners were traced through the license plate information.

Deputy Hensley was survived by his wife.

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Sheriff W. Floyd Ball
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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