Conservation Officer Robert C. Banker

Conservation Officer Robert C. Banker

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, March 19, 1987

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Robert C. Banker

Conservation Officer Bob Banker was shot and killed after issuing a man a citation for fishing without a license on the spillway of Lacy Lake in Christian County.

As Officer Banker began walking away the subject called out to him and then shot him in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle. As the subject continued shooting him as he lay on the ground a citizen attempted to the distract the man and was also shot at. The subject fled the scene but was arrested a short time later.

The man was convicted of Officer Banker's murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Officer Banker was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 108
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 22 years

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IT WILL BE 33 YEARS THIS MONTH,SINCE MY BROTHER,ROBERT C.BANKER WAS MURDERED IN KY. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE HORROR I FELT WHEN I RECEIVED THAT PHONE CALL FROM HIS WIFE,PAM.

AS I HAVE TRIED TO MOVE ON,AND NOT DWELL ON THE LOSS, I DO HAVE TIMES WHEN I REMEMBER HIM,AND WHAT HAPPENED ON MARCH 19,1987. HE WAS 7 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I,SO I TOOK CARE OF HIM AND WE SPENT MANY HOURS TOGETHER PLAYING OUTSIDE,PLAYING SCHOOL,AND PLAYING SPORTS TOGETHER. BACK IN THOSE DAYS OF THE 1950s, OLDER SIBLINGS TOOK CARE OF YOUNGER ONES. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID!!

I KNOW HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE NOW,BUT I DO WISH HE COULD HAVE LIVED MUCH LONGER, AND WATCHED HIS CHILDREN GROW UP. HE ALSO WOULD HAVE BEEN RETIRED BY NOW. RIP BOBBY,YOUR SISTER JUDITH M. SAGE,LEBANON,NH

JUDITH M. SAGE
SISTER

March 8, 2020

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