Sheriff Estill Adkins

Sheriff Estill Adkins

Elliott County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1947

Estill Adkins

Sheriff Estill Adkins was shot and killed as he and two deputies attempted to arrest a 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 and charged with Sheriff Adkins' murder.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 23, 1947
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Sheriff Adkins,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Elliot County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 24, 2016

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