Chief Deputy Sheriff Bristol Taylor

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bristol Taylor

Knott County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, November 23, 1973

Bristol Taylor

Chief Deputy Sheriff Bristol Taylor was shot and killed while responding to reports of a drunk and disorderly subject at a restaurant in Mousie, Kentucky.

As he and his partner exited their vehicle the subject opened fire on them with a .357 caliber revolver, fatally striking Chief Deputy Taylor four times. The other deputy was shot once and wounded.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Chief Deputy Taylor was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Knott County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 16 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 23, 2011

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