Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton

Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton

Menifee County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, July 13, 1932

Marion Stapleton

Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton was shot and killed and Deputy Sheriff Stanley Helton was mortally wounded by a man wanted for the murder of a local farmer the previous day.

The suspect, known throughout the area as Bad Bill, opened fire with a shotgun as the deputies approached. Deputy Stapleton was killed instantly. Deputy Helton, struck in his chest, succumbed to his wounds 12 days later. A third deputy was slightly wounded.

The suspect fled into the mountains, but surrendered to a posse five days later. He was sentenced to death for Deputy Helton's murder and executed in the electric chair November 3, 1933.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1933

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It's "Police Week 2013",time set aside to honor the sacrifice of thousands of officers like you who gave their lives in service to their community. Thousands of people will see your name carved in the wall in Washington DC. As we take this week to honor the sacrifices that were made, I wanted to say that you are not forgotten. You are remembered and honored.

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