Deputy Sheriff E. K. Hensley

Deputy Sheriff E. K. Hensley

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, June 10, 1924

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E. K. Hensley

Deputy E.K. Hensley was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to arrest an escaped convict and bootlegging suspect. The deputies had gone to the man's home to arrest him. The man shot Deputy Hensley at close range with 12-gauge shotgun, killing him. He then shot at the other deputy as he attempted to carry Deputy Hensley to safety.

The 19-year-suspect barricaded himself inside his home as reinforcements were called to the scene. He surrendered to a police judge a short time later. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was paroled on June 27, 1930.

Deputy Hensley was survived by his wife.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Paroled in 1930

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June 15, 2015

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