Deputy Sheriff Lathe Warren

Deputy Sheriff Lathe Warren

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, September 18, 1952

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Lathe Warren

Deputy Sheriff Lathe Warren was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call at the Log Mountain Cafe, one mile south of Pineville.

A 19-year-old man was cursing employees and brandishing a pistol after being refused whiskey. As Deputy Warren arrived on the scene the suspect shot him in the knee and then through his neck. Deputy Warren returned fire killing the suspect.

The suspect was the son of the man who was acquitted of murdering Chief Ambrose Metcalfe, the only police chief of the Harlan County Police Department on April 17, 1949. The Harlan County Police Department closed after his murder because no one would take his place.

Deputy Warren was survived by eight children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

disturbance, weapons violation

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You were my Grandfather. I was never able to meet you. Your daughter Peggy is my mother. I've been told wonderful things about you. And I am learning more about you as I'm finding my distant cousins and family I have never met. I'm very proud of you. And I look forward to the first time that we meet in heaven. I am your granddaughter Phyllis. I love you. ❤️

Phyllis Wachsmann

February 28, 2023

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