Officer Preston Pullen

Officer Preston Pullen

Lexington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, October 30, 1918

Preston Pullen

Officer Preston Pullen was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just robbed a local store.

The suspect and another man had just committed the armed robbery but had been chased by the store clerk.

The suspects and the clerk exchanged shots, which caught the attention of Officer Pullen and another officer. Officer Pullen caught one of the suspects at the corner of High and Broadway. During the ensuing struggle he was shot in the chest and killed.

Both suspects were apprehended and charged with murder. One was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled July 30, 1930. The other suspect was convicted of robbery and malicious shooting and sentenced to 14 years.

Officer Pullen was survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1930

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Officer Pullen,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lexington. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 30, 2015

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