Deputy Sheriff David Branham

Deputy Sheriff David Branham

Whitley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1901

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David Branham

Deputy Sheriff David Branham and Chief Silas Wilder, of the Corbin Police Department, were shot and killed when they attempted to arrest a man who was terrorizing local citizens.

When the deputy ordered the man to surrender, the man fired a shot that instantly killed the deputy. He then shot and mortally wounded Chief Wilder. Despite his wounds, Chief Wilder was able to return fire and killed the suspect. Chief Wilder succumbed to his wounds the following day.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Branham,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Whitley County.


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June 8, 2021

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