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 Jim Cornett was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man at a roadhouse in a rural area 12 miles from Hazard on the Perry-Leslie line.

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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James Cornett was my grandfather I’m the youngest son his 3rd child Sam Cornett . Dad use to tell me stories of how loving of a man he was and how fearless he was also, I honor his sacrifice and service. Thank you !!!

Daniel Cornett

April 28, 2023

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