Sheriff Dona Arnett

Sheriff Dona Arnett

Magoffin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, September 26, 1959

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Dona Arnett

Sheriff Dona Arnett was intentionally struck and killed as he walked along Route 7 near his home in Royalton. Two men who had previously been arrested by Sheriff Arnett had planned to go to his home to murder him.

As they approached the home they saw him walking along the street. They waited until he was in a more isolated area, turned around, and struck him. They then ran over him a second time before fleeing.

Both suspects were later arrested by the Kentucky State Police and charged with murder.

Sheriff Arnett was serving his second year of a four year term as sheriff.


  • Age 62
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Sheriff Arnett,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Magoffin County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 26, 2019

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