Chief of Police Jeremiah "Jerry" Lee

Chief of Police Jeremiah "Jerry" Lee

Frankfort Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, September 18, 1882

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Jeremiah "Jerry" Lee

Chief Jerry Lee succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained ten days earlier when he responded to a disturbance at the Frankfort Hotel. He was shot moments later when he responded to a second disturbance call between two citizens at the location.

The man who shot him was arrested and charged with murder but acquitted.

On November 2, 1897, the same man shot and killed Deputy Tes Deakins of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Deakins was attempting to arrest him for shooting another man earlier in the day.

Chief Lee had served with the Frankfort Police Department for at least 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children. He was preceded in death by four children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 9, 1882
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Chief Lee,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Frankfort. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 18, 2022

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