Deputy Sheriff Moss J. Metcalf

Deputy Sheriff Moss J. Metcalf

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, May 21, 1927

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Moss J. Metcalf

Deputy Moss Metcalf was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance in front of a store near the Wilson-Berger Mine.

Deputy Metcalf had been called to the scene to quell an argument between four people. Shots were fired when he attempted to arrest one of the men who was holding a pistol and he was struck 10 ten times.

It is believed that the men staged the argument in order to lure Deputy Metcalf to the scene to kill him for revenge. Deputy Metcalf's brother, who was also a deputy, shot and killed the brother of one the men during an arrest the previous summer.

Two of the men were arrested a short time after the murder. Only one was tried for murder and he was acquitted.

Deputy Metcalf had served as a deputy for 18 months and had previously served with the Harlan Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two sons, parents, sister, and five brothers.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 21, 2015

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