Deputy Sheriff Henry Thomas Reed

Deputy Sheriff Henry Thomas Reed

Estill County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1920

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Henry Thomas Reed

Deputy Sheriff Henry Reed and Chief of Police Robert Philpot, of the Irvine Police Department, were shot and killed after being confronted by a special officer after arresting a man for bootlegging.

The special officer demanded that the prisoner be released. As they argued with the officer a crowd developed and the prisoner's family were able to take him from the officers. A shootout ensued in which Deputy Reed and Chief Philpot were both shot and killed.

The special officer and a brother of the prisoner were both arrested and charged with murder.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Reed,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Estill County.


United States Border Patrol

August 21, 2020

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