Deputy Sheriff Wesley Sanford Fannin

Deputy Sheriff Wesley Sanford Fannin

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, August 1, 1961

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Wesley Sanford Fannin

Deputy Sheriff Wesley Fannin succumbed to wounds sustained six days earlier when he was shot five times while attempting to serve a peace warrant.

He attempted to serve the warrant when he encountered the man on the Bull Creek Bridge near Prestonsburg.

Deputy Fannin was transported to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he died on August 1st, 1961. The man, a 50-year-old transient, who shot him was arrested by a posse and charged with murder.

Deputy Fannin had served with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 26, 1961
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

warrant service

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