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 10 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 agency 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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To chief Jerry Lee,his family, and the law enforcement community.

My deepest simpathy and apology to you all for such an unnecessary and despicable act. May chief Lee's memory live on and we never forget those who serve and in harms way protect us in our time of need.

Daniel Hanrahan
great grand nephew of accused assailant. Frank Egbert

November 17, 2012

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