Deputy Sheriff Andy R. Baird

Deputy Sheriff Andy R. Baird

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, May 4, 1924

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Andy R. Baird

Deputy Sheriff Andy Baird was shot and killed at a mining camp known as Kettle Island near Pineville, Kentucky.

Deputy Baird was notified after a local miner became drunk and started firing his gun randomly at nearby citizens. Deputy Baird deputized two citizens and began looking for the man.

The subject also learned that Deputy Baird was searching for him and then began looking for the deputy. The man interrupted a school board meeting before observing Deputy Baird and the two citizens from a distance. The man taunted Deputy Baird and then opened fire with a shotgun, striking him in the leg. Despite the wound, Deputy Baird returned fire but did not strike the subject, who fled.

Deputy Baird succumbed to his wound the following day.

The 38-year-old man remained at large for more than three years before being apprehended in Cincinnati and indicted for murder. The suspect died in the Bell County Jail on March 24, 1928, the day before his murder trial was to begin.

Deputy Baird was survived by his wife and two small children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 3, 1924
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in jail


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Deputy Sheriff Baird,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bell County.


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May 4, 2016

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