Chief of Police Jon C. Tarpy

Chief of Police Jon C. Tarpy

Winchester Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, April 2, 1907

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Jon C. Tarpy

Chief Tarpy succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier when he and several officers attempted to arrest a man suspected of being involved in several burglaries.

When the officers arrived at the man's home, the suspect let them in. Chief Tarpy told the man to relinquish his handgun. The man opened fire, striking Chief Tarpy in the abdomen. As one of the officers began to struggle with the suspect, the wounded chief returned fire, killing the man.

The chief was taken to his home where he remained in very serious condition until succumbing to his wounds.

Chief Tarpy had served with the Winchester Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, mother, three brothers, and sister.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 23, 1907
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the citizens of Winchester. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Jon T. Best
Winchester Police Department (KY)

February 28, 2019

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