Town Marshal Tom Roach

Town Marshal Tom Roach

Barbourville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, December 31, 1898

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Tom Roach

Town Marshal Tom Roach was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a county deputy who had gotten into a personal argument with a store clerk.

The store's owner ordered the deputy to leave the store, before stepping outside himself. When the store owner left the deputy pulled out his gun and attempted to search the clerk. Marshal Roach, who was standing nearby, put himself between the two and as he attempted to take the gun away from the deputy he was shot in the abdomen.

The deputy was arrested and charged with murder.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Marshal Roach,
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 Barbourville.


United States Border Patrol

December 31, 2018

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