Sheriff William Simms

Sheriff William Simms

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, October 13, 1894

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William Simms

Sheriff William Simms was shot and killed by a man who became enraged when he was denied entrance to the county fair in Beattyville because he did not have a ticket. When the man got loud and verbally abusive with the gate keeper, Sheriff Simms stepped in and warned him to be quiet. The man then vented his anger on the sheriff, drew two revolvers, and shot the sheriff three times killing him instantly. The local jailer who was near-by returned fire wounding the suspect, and with the help of several citizens subdued him.

The next morning an angry mob forced their way into the county jail, seized the suspect, and hanged him.

Sheriff Simms had been sheriff of Lee County for two years and was up for reelection with no opposition. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched

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