Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth

Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth

Shelby County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, April 11, 1983

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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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Remembering this day today for some reason.
My dad was the jailer and I think I was home on leave from GERMANY at the time.
When we got back to the jail everyone from all the surrounding counties was there.
First time ever I saw my dad cry, not only was he a great deputy jailer, but also a great law enforcement officer in general, and one of my dads best friends.

Kevin Van Natta

July 21, 2020

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