Deputy Sheriff Robert Hensley

Deputy Sheriff Robert Hensley

Owsley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1954

Robert Hensley

Deputy Hensley and Sheriff Clarence Taylor were shot and killed while investigating a truck that was stuck in a ditch on the side of a roadway. One of three men inside the vehicle, all who had been drinking, opened fire killing both. All three were apprehended.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Robert Hensley was my great-grandfather. As my mother tells it, my great-grandfather had wanted to retire, but instead accepted the position of "high sheriff", being told that he would not have to go out on calls. Around a month later, officer Taylor came to his home and asked him to help out on a call. He and Clarence Taylor went together to investigate the accident. As they got out of the car and walked around in front of the headlights, they were "shot by A Gabbard man, his son , and a Baker man". My mother still speaks of him today with tears in her eyes. Though he may be gone, he is definantly not forgotten.

Regina S. Truitt
Great-Granddaughter of fallen officer, Robert Hensley

October 18, 2013

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