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 Fred Adams was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a local beer parlor.

The fight 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 they suddenly opened fire. The bar's owner was killed instantly. Although being mortally wounded, Deputy Adams returned fire and killed both brothers.

Deputy Adams had served as a deputy sheriff for approximately 3 months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 16, 2020

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