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.

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 was able to fire 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 had served with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, brother, and sister, and was preceded in death by one brother.

Deputy Lynch was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post 217.


  • 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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Hi Roger, Well my annual journey here to write you a note is a couple of weeks early but I was thinking of you as well as Mama and Daddy, Sonny and so many other family members and friends. It is my plan to visit and put flowers on your graves soon. I know you are not there, I just want to leave some new flowers. My dear friend Carla Wills passed away this year on April 19th 2022. I have no words to say how much my heart grieves. I am sure she has or very soon will come by and say hello to you. She was such a kind and witty lady, I miss knowing she is there but she was very sick so it made it a little easier to tell her goodbye. Hard to believe but my Kaitie has her driving permit. She will turn 16 in December. It still breaks my heart that you never met, Kaitie, Lucas or Cru .They are really great kiddos. Fun to be around and happy. Lucas is really into shooting plastic pellets at targets and is involved in Jr. ROTC. Sometimes I look at him and it's like looking into the face of my own little boy "Brian" and other times, I don't see any resemblance at all. He's a good young man and I am proud of him. Cru will soon be 6 and will have completed kindergarten this year. He is such a free soul. He is curious, funny and 100% boy. You also never met Tony. I think you would have liked each other. He has been with me thru a lot of hard times. I owe him alot. He makes me laugh very often and even though his own health is failing, he continually stands beside me. Brian is doing well. A few years ago he made the decision to get his master's degree and then went to work obtaining his security license. Many years of hard work and sacrifice has paid off. About 3 years ago, he resigned from his job and stuck his foot out on his own. God has blessed him He is doing great and has opened his own retirement business. He is good to me and has always been there when I need him. Thankfully, I have been able to spend some good times with Elaine this year. I am also glad to report that Christy and I are healing as much as she will allow. I have no words left to explain to her what I've been thru. I feel that I am forever in her past now. It makes me very sad but I will respect her choices but also continue to pray that in time walls will come down. She will always be my best friend. Somehow I will be 63 this year... Still not sure that happened as so much of the past 10 years is a blur. Naomi Judd died this year. She took her life. Her family described her death as mental illness. I can't tell you how hard it hit me. I have suffered from and tried to hide my depression for years. I identify with much that she was doing. In public she was happy, enjoyed herself and even though she had talked about depression, it was so hard to even think about because she looked great and was usually bubbly and witty. Then I wake up one day and she had taken her life. I had shared with some friends lately, that although I have been depressed, I never had considered suicide. I would say that so they truly knew I was gonna get over what I've been through. When she died. I realized that she probably also never considered taking her own life. Her depression just kept lying to her and dragged her lower and lower. I began coming out of my darkness close to 2 years ago. It has been like having huge weights lifted from me. I now owe a debt of gratitude to Naomi because... What happened to her Could have easily happened to me. Now, I am aware and also that much more determined to take my life back and never go backwards again. Well, once again... I think I just needed to talk to you and this is as close as I can get. I love you Roger and miss you always. Your Birthday is coming up. I wonder what Birthday parties are like in heaven? In my mind, there is No doubt that you will all be outside sitting around a big ole front porch with plenty of shade from a huge maple tree.. Lots of guitars, singing, good food, homemade ice cream and cake! I will miss you until I see you again !!!

Judy Coleman
Sis of Roger Lynch

May 19, 2022

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