Deputy Sheriff Fred Adams

Deputy Sheriff Fred Adams

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, September 16, 1939

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Fred Adams

Deputy Sheriff Fred Adams was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a local beer parlor in East Point, Kentucky.

The incident started when a man and the man's brother started a fight with a former constable who had previously arrested the man.

Deputy Adams and the bar's owner had taken the brothers outside when the men suddenly opened fire. The bar's owner was killed instantly. Although mortally wounded, Deputy Adams returned fire and killed both brothers.

Deputy Adams had served as a deputy sheriff for approximately three months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

fight call

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This is my grandfather. his son, Landon Adams also died of a heart attack while pursuing a dui driver who ran. He was serving as a deputy sheriff in Clay County, Ky. I am proud of these men, their courage, tenacity and service to their respective communities.


September 22, 2020

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