Sheriff James O. West

Sheriff James O. West

Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, August 11, 1925

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James O. West

Sheriff James West was shot and killed as he and the county jailer attempted to arrest a man who had been been making threats to neighbors. As the officers walked across the man's porch the man opened fire, striking Sheriff West in the head.

The suspect, a former mental patient, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life on September 25, 1925.

Sheriff West had served as sheriff for four years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My Uncle Killed Sheriff James O. West with a double barrell shotgun on Aug11,1925 his name was Monrow Heatherley he died in Prison at Eddiesvill in 1954
He was my grandmothers brother, The family says he was off in the head at the time of the shooting.

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