Sheriff Estill Adkins

Sheriff Estill Adkins

Elliott County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1947

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Estill Adkins

Sheriff Estill Adkins was shot and killed as he and two deputies attempted to arrest a 49-year-old man wanted for cutting another man's throat earlier in the day.

The sheriff and deputies had gone to Rocky Branch where they encountered the suspect. The man opened fire on the officers, killing Sheriff Adkins, before being wounded by return fire. He was arrested, convicted of Sheriff Adkins' murder, and sentenced to life.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 23, 1947
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

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