Coroner Lyle G. Mathews

Coroner Lyle G. Mathews

Taylor County Coroner's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, February 6, 1914

Lyle G. Mathews

Coroner Lyle Mathews was shot and killed while he, the deputy coroner, and county jailer attempted to evict two brothers from a farm that had recently been sold to pay off a debt.

The brothers told the officers they would be shot if they came onto the farm. The officers ignored the threat and as they approached the house the brothers opened fire, killing Coroner Mathews and wounding the deputy coroner.

The other officers were able to take the two brothers and their sister into custody and charged with murder.

Coroner Mathews had been appointed to the office only one month earlier. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered,

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Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 6, 2012

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