Deputy Sheriff Joseph Manning

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Manning

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, July 14, 1901

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Joseph Manning

Deputy Manning was shot and killed as he and a Middlesboro police officer attempted to arrest a man for firing a gun into the air. The suspect was known to taunt officers by firing into the air and fleeing town, outside of their jurisdiction.

Deputy Manning observed the man fire the gun and then went to obtain a warrant for the man. After obtaining the warrant he and the Middlesboro officer located the man a short distance away. When they called out to him the man immediately opened fire.

The officers returned fire and then Deputy Manning chased the suspect on foot. Deputy Manning lost sight of the man but stopped to ask two boys if they had seen him. As he spoke to them the suspect opened fire from a hiding spot, fatally wounding Deputy Manning.

The other officer returned fire, striking the suspect several times. Despite being wounded the man fled into the woods but was arrested by a posse a short time later.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Deputy Sheriff Manning,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bell County.


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July 14, 2021

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