Deputy Sheriff George Dean

Deputy Sheriff George Dean

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 27, 1916

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George Dean

Deputy Sheriff George Dean was shot and killed while attempting to control a crowd of spectators at a baseball game in Coxton.

He was attempting to keep the spectators from crowding the bases when a man opened fire on him, killing him instantly. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder, and two of the man's family members were held as accomplices. The suspects were never held accountable of Deputy Dean's murder.

Deputy Dean was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Set free

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Deputy sheriff George Dean was shot and instantly killed by A.L. Crabtree at a ball game, which was in progress at Coxton, near here, Sunday afternoon. It is said the spectators were crowding the line, when Dean requested them to stand back. Crabtree became enraged and the shooting followed.
The first shot took effect near the heart and, falling to the ground, Dean raised his head sufficient to shoot at Crabtree. Another shot him in the mouth, which proved fatal. Crabtree, and his son, Otto, were arrested. His daughter, Mary, is also implicated, but at this writing had not been arrested. It is said there had been previous trouble between them.

Middlesboro Pinnacle News
August 31, 1916

January 30, 2019

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