Chief of Police Rufus Barrow

Chief of Police Rufus Barrow

Adairville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 1948

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Rufus Barrow

Chief Barrow was shot and killed with his own service weapon when he responded to a disturbance call involving a mentally ill man refusing to be taken back to a mental hospital. The 24-year-old suspect was able to gain control of Chief Barrows' revolver and fatally shot him. The suspect was charged with murder, adjudged insane, and returned to the mental hospital. In 1964 he had a sanity hearing and was still adjudged to be insane. He died in Glasgow State Mental Hospital on February 8, 1986.

Chief Barrow had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed to mental hopital

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Rest In Peace Chief Barrow, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

April 29, 2013

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