Town Marshal Rory Jay Draughn

Town Marshal Rory Jay Draughn

Hazard Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, December 18, 1913

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Rory Jay Draughn

Town Marshal Jay Draughn was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on Main Street for being drunk in public.

Marshal Draughn knew the man, who was a candidate for county sheriff, and attempted to talk him into accompanying him to the police station. When the man drew his weapon Marshal Draughn told reminded him that they were friends and told him not to shoot. The man then opened fire, striking him four times.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life. On June 17, 1916, Acting Governor Combs commuted his sentence to 21 years.

Marshal Draughn had served with the Hazard Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 17, 1913
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentence commuted to 21 years

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Town Marshal Draughn,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hazard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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