Patrolman Robert Rowland

Patrolman Robert Rowland

Kentucky Highway Patrol, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 22, 1935

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Robert Rowland

Patrolman Robert Rowland and Patrolman James Hays were shot and killed while attempting to question two brothers about a stolen automobile at the garage they operated in Franklin.

One of the brothers was sentenced to life and one was sentenced to six years.

The brother who was released after only six years went on to murder Deputy Sheriff Melvin Fleming, of the Davidson County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Department, and Detective Charles Mundy, of the Nashville, Tennessee, Police Department. The two were murdered after Deputy Fleming attempted to arrest the man in a restaurant for being drunk in public. The man was shot and killed in the ensuing shootout.

Patrolman Rowland had served with the Kentucky Highway Patrol for three months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 21, 1935
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

stolen vehicle

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