Constable Elmer Doane

Constable Elmer Doane

Laurel County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 25, 1940

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 AKA Grandpa,

Oh how I wished I could have met you but it wasn’t meant to be. I only know of you by a picture, but in my heart you still live. I am proud of you for your service to protect and the sacrifice that you made. I’ll love you forever. Gone but never forgotten!

Anita Towne

November 11, 2017

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