Marshal George Prentice Southwood

Marshal George Prentice Southwood

Burnside Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 1948

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George Prentice Southwood

Marshal George Southwood was shot and killed at the Burnside Bridge by a local constable he attempted to arrest for drunkenness. The constable opened fire with a pistol as Marshal Southwood approached his truck.

The 63-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. His sentence was later commuted to 21 years. On May 22, 1959, Governor Chandler granted him full citizenship rights. So he was released at some point before that date.

Marshal Southwood was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, DIP

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Marshal Southwood,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Burnside. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 30, 2023

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