Town Marshal Marvin "Jack" Triplett

Town Marshal Marvin "Jack" Triplett

Lackey Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 1941

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Marvin "Jack" Triplett

Marshal Jack Triplett was shot and killed by the former town marshal who had held a grudge against him. The former marshal had also been charged with murdering Marshal Triplett's stepfather.

The former marshal and Marshal Triplett encountered each other in a local restaurant. After exchanging a few words the former marshal left and then returned a short time later.

As Marshal Triplett left the restaurant he spoke with a citizen and told him he was going to arrest the former marshal for carrying a gun. As he turned around the former marshal opened fire. Marshal Triplett returned fire with both his pistols, but was fatally wounded during the shooting.

Marshal Triplett was survived by his expectant wife, daughter, father, and eight siblings.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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Marshal Triplett,
On today, the 80th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lackey. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 30, 2021

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