Constable Elmer Doane

Constable Elmer Doane

Laurel County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 25, 1940

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Elmer Doane

Constable Elmer Doane was shot and killed while attempting to question a man who was carrying two pistols two miles north of East Bernstadt.

As the one-armed constable walked up to the couple the man took cover behind his wife and told her to shoot. She opened fire, fatally wounding Constable Doane. Both were arrested and charged with manslaughter after claiming they thought Constable Doane was attempting to hold them up. A magistrate and a deputy constable who had been following behind Cosntable Doane witnessed his murder.

Constable Doane had served as the elected constable of the Fourth District for two years. He was survived by his wife, five children, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Constable Doane,
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 Laurel County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 25, 2020

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