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, the was able to return fire and fatally shot the suspect.

Chief Osborne was survived by his wife and 12 children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

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

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I love to hear more about my great grandpa William Osborne he was a great man and his son. God bless you.

Todd ward
Great grandson

January 14, 2021

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