Deputy Marshal Elijah F. "Lige" Hoskins

Deputy Marshal Elijah F. "Lige" Hoskins

Crab Orchard Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 24, 1911

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Elijah F. "Lige" Hoskins

Deputy Marshal Lige Hoskins was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at a local soft drink stand.

The proprietor of the sand had gotten into an argument with another man the previous week, in which both men had threatened each other. The argument had become more heated and it was believed it would end in violence between the two. A friend of the proprietor had convinced him to go home to avoid any violence.

After the proprietor went home, the other subject and several of his family members went to the soft drink stand and started drinking. Deputy Marshal Hoskins, who was aware of the feud, went to check up on them but was confronted by one of the family members who told him to remove his hand from his pocket.

When Deputy Marshal Hoskins refused to remove his hand from his pocket the man shot him in the leg. Deputy Marshal Hoskins immediately returned fire, killing the man. He then retreated out of the building, but was attacked by another family member. As the two struggled a third family member came from across the street and shot Deputy Marshal Hoskins four times, killing him.

The man who fatally shot Deputy Marshal Hoskins was arrested and charged with murder. On April 4, 1912, he was tried and acquitted.

Deputy Marshal Hoskins was survived by his wife and nine children. He is buried at Crab Orchard Cemetery, Crab Orchard, Kentucky.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 23, 1911
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace Great Grandpa Hoskins. The first time I got to read your story was at our Hoskins reunion this year. Thanks to Sue, Melissa for bringing it.So proud of what you chose to be. I know you were an outstanding man. I know this because our Grandpa Hoskins was an outstanding man as well. You were a true Hero in my book. Trying to do your job to the fullest of your ability and get jumped and murdered in the line of duty is hard to swallow.
R.I.P Great Grandpa Hoskins <3 another great granddaughter Balinda Lewis Barney.

Balinda Lewis Barney
Great Granddaughter

October 13, 2012

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