Sheriff Samuel Wilson Catron

Sheriff Samuel Wilson Catron

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 13, 2002

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Samuel Wilson Catron

Sheriff Samuel Catron was shot and killed in an assassination while leaving a political rally in Shopville, Kentucky at 1915 hours.

He has just given a campaign speech for the upcoming election in which he was running for his fifth term as sheriff. A suspect shot Sheriff Catron in the head with a high-powered rifle as he placed two cakes he had just purchased from a fundraiser into his patrol car. Sheriff Catron was wearing a vest at the time.

The suspect then attempted to flee the scene on a motorcycle but was apprehended by a deputy and a firefighter several miles away. The suspect was charged with capital murder. Two other suspects, including one of Sheriff Catron's former deputies and opponent in the election, were also charged with complicity to murder. Two of the suspects were sentenced to life in prison.

Sheriff Catron's father, Harold Catron Sr., was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 16, 1964 while serving as Chief of Police for the Somerset, Kentucky, Police Department.

Sheriff Catron had been with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for 28 years, and had served as sheriff since 1986. He is survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 111

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I wanted to say thank you to one of the kindest and caring men whoever wore a badge. Thank you for everything you did to keep Pulaski county safe. Thank you for protecting my mom, brother and I those many nights after my daddy died. Thank you for getting those men who tried to break in our house. The world and Pulaski county was a much better place with you in it. Say hi to my dad and give my mom a hug as she now walks in Heaven too. And thank you for all that you did.

Joyce R Hines
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May 26, 2018

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