Deputy Constable William Hamilton

Deputy Constable William Hamilton

Floyd County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, June 17, 1932

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William Hamilton

Deputy Constable William Hamilton was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire coming from a home near Melvin, Kentucky.

When he approached the homeowner and inquired about the gunshots the owner told him he was firing at a rat.

When Deputy Hamilton told the man he was going to confiscate his pistol the man opened fire, striking Deputy Hamilton in the head and chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Hamilton was able to fire one shot but did not strike the man. Deputy Hamilton was taken to a hospital in Pikeville where he died early the next morning.

Another deputy arrested the man for Deputy Hamilton's murder and also arrested the man's son-in-law after finding mash and a still underneath the home.

Deputy Hamilton was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 16, 1932
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Deputy Sheriff Hamilton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Floyd County.


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