Deputy Sheriff Columbus Partin

Deputy Sheriff Columbus Partin

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 1921

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Columbus Partin

Deputy Sheriff Columbus Partin was shot and killed while participating in a liquor raid with deputies from Bell County, Knox County, and federal prohibition agents.

Two brothers were arrested and charged with his murder. They were subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A few days after their conviction they escaped from the county jail and remained at large for more than six years. They were captured in Oklahoma on December 10, 1927.

Deputy Partin, who was also a justice of the peace, had been sworn in as a deputy only six hours before being murdered.

Deputy Partin was survived by his wife and is buried in Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa, Bell County, Kentucky.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Partin,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bell County.


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September 12, 2021

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