Deputy Sheriff Bill Lewis

Deputy Sheriff Bill Lewis

Clay County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, September 2, 1899

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Bill Lewis

Deputy Bill Lewis was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest man wanted for murdering Deputy James Stubblefield two months earlier.

Both were killed as a result of the Philpott-Griffin Feud. Their killer, Mart Smith, was reportedly shot and killed by another famous feudist, General May, in Knox County in 1909. As a result of the Philpott-Griffin Feud several men including law enforcement were killed in 1899.

It is important to note that many feuds occurred in Kentucky, and information about officers who lost their life as a result of them, is often confusing, contradictory, and refuted by others.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Lewis,
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 Clay County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

September 2, 2019

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