Officer Charles Lacey

Officer Charles Lacey

Cynthiana Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 27, 1896

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Charles Lacey

Officer Charles Lacey succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on Christmas Eve while attempting to arrest a drunk subject.

The man was able to break away from ran down an alley. As Officer Lacey chased him the man turned and shot him in the leg. Despite the wound, Officer Lacey was able to catch him and struck him with his club. During the ensuing struggle the subject shot Officer Lacey in the abdomen. The man then fled as Officer Lacey fired at him.

Officer Lacey succumbed to his wounds three days later.

The 16-year-old subject who shot him was arrested, tried for murder, and acquitted.

Officer Lacey was also a member of the Cynthiana Volunteer Fire Department and the Kentucky State Guard.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 24, 1896
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

DIP, juvenile offender

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Officer Lacey,
On today, the 121st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cynthiana.


United States Border Patrol

December 27, 2017

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