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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View all 13 Reflections were my favorite were bigger than life to me. I too chose law enforcement as a career, unaware you had done the same. I was on duty the day you were murdered. I didn't find out about it till I visited the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial years later.

Special Agent Kenneth Chisholm
North Little Rock PD and ATF.

January 19, 2019

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