Deputy Sheriff Leonard Adams, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Leonard Adams, Sr.

Letcher County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, December 6, 1961

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Leonard Adams, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Leonard Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public in Mayking.

He was in the area on other business when a citizen informed him of the drunk man. Deputy Adams located the subject carrying a 12 gauge shotgun at the railroad crossing over Cram Creek. He exited his car and as he got within two feet of the subject, the man opened fire, shooting him. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Adams returned fire and killed the subject.

Two of Deputy Adams' sons witnessed the shooting and accompanied him to the hospital where he died a short time later.

Deputy Adams had served with the Letcher County Sheriff's Department for 20 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and 13 children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Wow ! What a hero you were Deputy Sheriff Adams. Rest in peace, to leave a widow, thirteen kids and one more on the way, very sad, but your courage and bravery won't ever be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2014

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