Deputy Sheriff James Wesley Williams

Deputy Sheriff James Wesley Williams

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, March 19, 1903

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James Wesley Williams

Deputy Sheriff James Williams was shot and mortally wounded in a gun battle with a suspicious man he attempted to question.

For several days people who lived near Penick, a small village six miles north of Lebanon had been frightened by the actions of a strange man who would run away when approached. When Deputy Willams and his posse attempted to approach the man, he drew two pistols and opened fire. As Deputy Williams fell with a bullet wound in his right side, he emptied his gun, killing the suspect. Four of his posse men were shot and wounded, two seriously.

Deputy Williams died from his wounds the next day.

Deputy Williams was survived by his wife and children


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 18, 1903
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Williams,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marion County.


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