Deputy Sheriff Clifton F. Arnsparger

Deputy Sheriff Clifton F. Arnsparger

Bourbon County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 1941

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Clifton F. Arnsparger

Deputy Clifton Arnsparger was shot and killed and another deputy was wounded when a man they attempted to question about a theft suddenly produced a pistol and opened fire.

The 25-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. After a second trial he was sentenced to life. He received an additional two years for shooting the other deputy. He was paroled August 18, 1953. On May 10, 1961, he was shot and mortally wounded by two state troopers in Breathitt County after he fired at them when they attempted to arrest him for malicious shooting. He died a week later.

Deputy Arnsparger was survived by his wife.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Paroled in 1953

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Arnsparger. I was wondering if you were related to former Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Arnsparger?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 10, 2019

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