Game Warden Elijah Roberts

Game Warden Elijah Roberts

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1918

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Elijah Roberts

Game Warden Elijah Roberts was shot and killed from ambush in Breathitt County by two suspects who were seeking revenge against him. He and another game warden were returning from a multi-day investigation in Hazard and were approaching Warden Roberts' home when the two suspects opened fire from a nearby cliff, hidden in a cluster of bushes.

Warden Roberts was struck in the chest by the first shot and was then shot four more times after falling to the ground. The other game warden found shelter in a nearby cornfield.

The two suspects approached Warden Roberts' body and then robbed it of his wallet, pistol, and shoes. The two men were scared away when Warden Roberts' 9-year-old son ran up to the scene and discovered the men.

It is believed that the two suspects had learned that Warden Roberts would be returning to the area and had laid in wait overnight to ambush him. Warden Roberts was targeted because of his efforts to arrest game violators and moonshiners in Breathitt County.

Warden Roberts had served as the game warden for Breathitt County and surrounding areas for over 3 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, and parents.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Not available

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Your son Roscoe, was my grandfather. I was told growing up that our family had a background in law enforcement, but was never told the details or stories. It is fascinating to see distant relatives that I never knew existed. I retired from the City of Atlanta Police Department in 2003 as the Assistant Commander of the Central Business District (Zone 5). I continued in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Chief in the District Attorney’s Office. I couldn’t stay away from the action of the road and began my second law enforcement career with the Henry County Police Department in Georgia. I’m on year 37 of my public safety journey and I still enjoy every minute of it. It would be great to meet all of our extended family sometime.

Sgt. Nick Roberts
Henry County Police Department / Great- Grandson

December 22, 2018

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