Chief of Police John D. Gilliam

Chief of Police John D. Gilliam

Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, January 13, 1939

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John D. Gilliam

Chief of Police John Gilliam was shot and killed while checking on a restaurant while making his rounds.

When he entered the restaurant a drunk man inside suddenly jumped up and opened fire on the chief, shooting him three times. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Gilliam was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Chief Gilliam had served with the Cumberland Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Chief Gilliam,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cumberland.


United States Border Patrol

January 13, 2019

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