Deputy Sheriff Richard Read

Deputy Sheriff Richard Read

Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, July 22, 1901

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Richard Read

Deputy Sheriff Richard Read was shot and killed by a man disturbing the peace at a public picnic. When ordered to be quiet, the suspect drew a revolver and shot him twice. A citizen, who witnessed the shooting, returned fire, seriously wounding the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life November 16, 1902. Later that same day an angry mob seized the suspect from the Hardin County Jail and hanged him from the nearest tree.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched

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A man does his duty and this is how he get's paid? Shot twice for asking someone to be nice? Rest in Peace my brother and may I say, the citizens saw to it, the man who killed you did not get to live to enjoy it. I know it's a bit harsh to say but we need to return to the old laws that worked.

William Pennywitt
Former Sheriff's dept. affiliate

December 13, 2011

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