Deputy Constable James S. "Sol" Saylor

Deputy Constable James S. "Sol" Saylor

Harlan County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, May 15, 1932

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James S. "Sol" Saylor

Deputy Constable Sol Saylor was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in the Wallins Creek community.

The subject had just been released from the federal penitentiary in Atlanta after serving a two year term. When Deputy Saylor arrived at the man's home to arrest him the man resisted. He opened fire on Constable Saylor with .45 caliber handgun, striking him twice in the chest. Despite being wounded, Constable Saylor was able to return fire and struck the subject twice, mortally wounding him. He died the next day.

Deputy Constable Saylor was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, May 13, 1932
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Constable Saylor,
On today the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harlan County.


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