Deputy Sheriff Robert Ezra "Tes" Deakins

Deputy Sheriff Robert Ezra "Tes" Deakins

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, November 2, 1897

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Robert Ezra "Tes" Deakins

Deputy Tes Deakins was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a politician who had ambushed a rival politician earlier in the day.

As Deputy Deakins attempted to make the arrest, the man and several members of his group opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. Two of the suspects were killed by return fire.

One of the men who was killed shot and killed Chief Jerry Lee, of the Frankfort Police Department, on September 18, 1882. The man had been acquitted of Chief Lee's murder and was set free.

Deputy Deakins was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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Deputy Sheriff Deakins,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Franklin County.


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November 2, 2022

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