Constable James Simpson Harrison

Constable James Simpson Harrison

Jefferson County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, August 2, 1881

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James Simpson Harrison

Constable James Harrison was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant for forgery in front of Kendall's Store on the Salt River Turnpike.

The warrant had been issued in Louisville and a detective had given it to Constable Harrison because the subject was known to frequent the store in Jefferson County. When the subject arrived at the store Constable Harrison confronted him and read the warrant to him.

The man read the warrant himself and then pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot Constable Harrison twice, fatally wounding him. The man fled the state and was arrested in Texas. He was returned to Kentucky where he was convicted of Constable Harrison's murder in December 1881. On August 17th, 1884, he escaped from the Kentucky Penitentiary in Frankfort with several other inmates. He was shot and killed by a posse as they attempted to recapture him.

Constable Harrison had served as a Jefferson County constable for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 12, 1881
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed in 1884

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Constable Harrison,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson County.


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August 2, 2021

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