Special Deputy Sheriff Frank James

Special Deputy Sheriff Frank James

Martin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1925

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Frank James

Special Deputy Frank James was shot and killed as he assisted the Martin County sheriff and a posse search for a man wanted for shooting five people the previous day.

The sheriff deputized his brother, son, and Frank James to assist with the search and arrest of the man. When the posse encountered the subject the man opened fire, killing Special Deputy James, before being taken into custody. He was convicted of Deputy James' murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Special Deputy James was survived by his father.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy James, although your death was over 95 years ago. I just wanted to say that as a citizen of Martin County, your sacrifice has not been forgotten. And on behalf of the citizens of Martin County, we thank you for paying the ultimate price and for protecting the citizens all those years ago.

Citizen of Martin County

January 16, 2021

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