Deputy Sheriff William Hamilton

Deputy Sheriff William Hamilton

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, June 17, 1932

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William Hamilton

Deputy Hamilton was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire coming from a home in Pikeville. 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 local hospital where he died early the next morning.

Another deputy arrested the suspect for Deputy Hamilton's murder and the suspect'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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 17, 2015

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