Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth

Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth

Shelby County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, April 11, 1983

Charles D. Wentworth

Deputy Jailer Charles Wentworth was shot and killed during an escape attempting at the Shelby County Jail.

An inmate's girlfriend had smuggled a handgun into the jail. As Deputy Wentworth escorted the inmate to use the phone he was shot in the abdomen and killed.

Deputy Wentworth was survived by his expectant wife and six children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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I was in the cell with the guy who shot Charlie. Buddy Hawks was moved from the 2nd floor to the 3rd one day before that. In those days visitors could come right up to the bars of your cell and visit with no guard there or anyting. He was actually in my cell when the gun was passed to him but no one knew about it but him. I heard buddy Hawks call down from the third floor and as Charlie to use the telephone and Charlie would do anything to help an inmate out so he immediately came up and got buddy and took him down to it downstairs to where the phone was. Next thing I knew I heard something that sounded like a firecracker I thought one of the trustees had snuck in a firecracker and was just playing around but then the detectives all got there and question all of us and we were released. Charlie was a good guy I wish that didn't have to happen.

Dennis Rogers inmate

May 10, 2018

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