Deputy Sheriff Berry Hensley

Deputy Sheriff Berry Hensley

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, September 26, 1931

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Berry Hensley

Deputy Sheriff Berry Hensley was shot and killed from ambush near his home in Smith, Kentucky.

Two suspects shot him in the back with a shotgun and then fled into the mountains. The two suspects were arrested in connection with his murder but later released due to insufficient evidence. On September 4, 1932, one was stuck and killed by a train near Smith.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Just learned of this distant relatives existence, profession, and ultimate fate. Am so proud of the people my bloodline has produced out of Harlan Co. and especially proud of this one that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the good folks of Harlan. God rest your soul, Deputy Berry Hensley.

Jeff Hensley
Distant relative

January 15, 2023

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