Deputy Sheriff Roger Dale Lynch

Deputy Sheriff Roger Dale Lynch

Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 2005

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Roger Dale Lynch

Deputy Sheriff Roger Lynch was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call at 347 Gillahan Road at 11:21 pm.

Deputy Lynch arrived at the residence after an 18-year-old girl called 911 to report her parents were fighting. When Deputy Lynch entered the house, the suspect fired at least eight rounds from a rifle, four of which hit Deputy Lynch, killing him. Deputy Lynch initially used pepper spray to defuse the situation but ultimately fired one round from his service weapon that struck the suspect in the chest, killing him. The 18-year-old daughter was also wounded in the exchange.

In addition to the semi-automatic rifle, the suspect was found to be armed with a loaded handgun and three additional clips of ammunition. Investigators also found a stockpile of over 50 guns in the home.

Deputy Lynch was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department for five years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, brother, and sister and was preceded in death by one brother.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 3
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed by Deputy Lynch


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Here we are, this day has rolled around again. I Hate this day and truly would prefer to sleep thru the entire day, but then I think of all the people, little animals and things that make me smile and even though I hardly ever feel like I know where I am supposed to be or what I should be doing, I know I'm blessed that God has kept me and I know I am right where I'm meant to be. Zach graduated from high school this year. Seems impossible but then I look at my older grandkids who are just a little younger and again realize how quickly they grow up. He's a fine young man. Cute as can be- still favors Michael a lot! As always, I wander here to this page, on or abou this day. I tried to write to you the other night but I ended up erasing it- so tonight, I'll try again. The other day, while visiting tis page, I printed a letter and mailed it... Hopefully it will help a family who is dealing with the possibility of an upcoming probation of the one who took their loved one's life. It's absurd that they could ever be considered or granted probation. Thank you for not putting us through that. I am always thankful that your killer is not breathing and that you are the one who put an end to his life. No matter how long I live, I will never understand how people can get so out of control. Our country has changed so much since you were taken from us. Little children seem to be shot and killed weekly anymore. It seems that So much more anger and distress is everywhere. It's sad that so many people make such stupid choices and that hardly any time passes until we hear about another life being taken. Police officer's continue to be be murdered while they are trying to protect us and make the world a better place. All this killing! People get to the point they hardly notice. I'm so thankful that God's love and peace surrounds my life. I miss and love you Roger. I'd love to enjoy one more day of us all being together. Until then, especially the day you were mindlessly killed- remains very hard for all of us. It's just one day out of so many good days and times but... It was just such a shock. None of will ever be the same and this time of year Never gets easier.

Judy Coleman

June 9, 2023

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