Chief of Police Robert Philpot

Chief of Police Robert Philpot

Irvine Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, August 20, 1920

Robert Philpot

Chief of Police Robert Philpot and Deputy Sheriff Henry Reed, of the Estill County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed after being confronted by a special officer after arresting a man for bootlegging.

The special officer demanded that the prisoner be released. As they argued with the officer a crowd developed and the prisoner's family were able to take him from the officers. A shootout ensued in which Deputy Reed and Chief Philpot were both shot and killed.

The special officer and a brother of the prisoner were both arrested and charged with murder.Chief Philpot was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Chief Philpot was my great great grandfather, I will pass on his memory to my children and hope they do the same. I have followed in his footsteps and became a Officer too. Rest in peace Chief (Grandfather) Philpot.

Sergeant
Berea Police Grandson

May 12, 2015

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