Chief of Police William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Chief of Police William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Martin Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, October 9, 1927

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William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Chief Bill Osborne and his 17-year-old son were shot and killed by a man who was seeking revenge against the chief for a previous shooting. The chief had shot and wounded the suspect's uncle the previous week while attempting to arrest him.

The man went to Chief Osborne's home and opened fire without warning, killing Chief Osborne and mortally wounding his son. Despite the wound, he was able to return fire and fatally shoot the suspect.

Chief Osborne was survived by his wife and 12 children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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This is my grandfather I never got to know. It is nice to find him on this web sit for all to know. I was told about him after I became a certified Texas Officer. My name is Van Clayton Osborne from Floyd Co. My two sons Clayton Ray Osborne and Spencer Perry Osborne have also followed in his foot steps to serve their Country and State. I think it is in our blood to serve. God Bless the USA.

Capt. Osborne Army (Ret.)

November 27, 2022

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