Deputy Sheriff James Cornett

Deputy Sheriff James Cornett

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, December 24, 1943

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James Cornett

Deputy Sheriff James Cornett was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man at a roadhouse in a rural area 11 miles south of Hazard on Christmas Eve.

As he made the arrest the subject and another man both opened fire. Despite being fatally wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the subject. The other suspect and his brother were both arrested and charged with murder.

Deputy Cornett was survived by his wife and 10 children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Charged with murder

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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Sheriff James Cornett was my grandpa...I never got to know him because he chose a career that would lead to his death...he left a widow (my grandma) and 10 kids behind.
All of the mentioned have passed away. We are left with our memories.
# neverknewgrandpacornett

Margie Kercher
Grand daughter

October 1, 2021

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