Chief of Police John H. Ashby

Chief of Police John H. Ashby

Madisonville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, November 24, 1929

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John H. Ashby

Chief Ashby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers who had attempted to rob a group of children on South Scott Street. As he approached the men one of the produced a pistol. Despite having the pistol pointed at him, Chief Ashby did not draw his weapon and proceeded to subdue one of the brothers. As he handcuffed the man the other brother shot him in the back, killing him.

Both brothers fled the scene. One of them was shot and killed by a posse. The other was apprehended a short time later. He was convicted of Chief Ashby's murder and executed in the electric chair on April 29, 1932.

Chief Ashby had served with the Madisonville Police Department for 3 years. He had previously served with the Earlington Police Department. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1932

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Chief Ashby,
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 Madisonville.


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November 24, 2019

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