Deputy Sheriff John Ruggless

Deputy Sheriff John Ruggless

Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1878

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John Ruggless

Deputy Ruggless was shot and killed near Concord, Kentucky, while he and a posse attempted to apprehend one of two brothers who was wanted for stealing horses. The brothers were also part of a larger feud between two families that had left several members of each family dead over several years. When the Sheriff received word that the man had returned to Lewis County he immediately gathered a posse and went in search for him. When he located the man the suspect opened fire, striking Deputy Ruggless in the chest.
The suspect was shot and wounded but was able to escape. He was eventually apprehended but acquitted after the trial was moved to another county. The man was eventually killed as part of the ongoing feud.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Ruggless,
On today, the 135th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lewis County. You murderer might have escaped justice in court but he got he got his justice later on.


U.S. Border Patrol

January 7, 2013

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