Constable William Lear

Constable William Lear

Madison County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, July 21, 1919

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William Lear

Constable William Lear succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while quest questioning a man who had threatened a boy.

The boy was threatened after his hogs had gotten into the man's nearby cornfield in the Bear Wallow section of Madison County. The man told the boy if he didn't remove the hogs within five minutes he would kill him. As Constable Lear attempted to talk to the man he was immediately shot. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Constable Lear was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 20, 1919
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 21, 2020

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