Marshal Francis LaCoste Abell

Marshal Francis LaCoste Abell

Morganfield Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1929

Francis LaCoste Abell

Marshal Abell was shot as he attempted to arrest a suspect. Marshal Abell confronted the suspect in the backyard of a residence and ordered the man to come to police headquarters with him. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot Marshal Abell in the stomach. Marshal Abell succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

The suspect was captured and sentenced to life in prison.

Marshall Abell was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to Life

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85 years after your tragic death here I sit, reflecting your sacrifice at the KY Police Academy. In preparation to serve the same community as you. You will not be forgotten.

Patrolman Chad Vos
Morganfield Police Dept.

February 17, 2014

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