Deputy Jailer Benton Sizemore

Deputy Jailer Benton Sizemore

Breathitt County Jail, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, April 28, 1940

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Benton Sizemore

Deputy Jailer Benton Sizemore was shot and killed while responding to the scene of a shooting involving the county jailer.

The county jailer and his wife were visiting relatives when a truck full of assailants pulled up and opened fire on them, fatally wounding the jailer. The jailer and one of the occupants had been involved in an argument earlier in the week.

Deputy Jailer Sizemore was on duty at the jail when he was notified of the incident. He and another person started towards the shooting scene when they encountered the suspects coming towards them. The suspects opened fire on them, fatally wounding Deputy Jailer Sizemore.

Five suspects were eventually taken into custody, charged with the murders, and released after posting bonds. Charges were dismissed two years later after two mistrials.

Deputy jailer Sizemore was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Deputy Jailer Sizemore,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Breathitt County.


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April 28, 2020

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