Constable Jackson Kelly

Constable Jackson Kelly

Pike County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, February 10, 1927

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Jackson Kelly

Constable Jack Kelly was shot and killed in Dorton, Kentucky, while attempting to calm down a man who was disturbing the peace.

The subject had ridden into the mining camp in search of the person who killed his dog. As Constable Kelly returned to town he encountered the subject riding a horse behind the railroad station. Constable Kelly took the horse by the reigns and asked the man to go home quietly. The man demanded that Constable Kelly release the reigns.

When Constable Kelly continued to hold the horse the man pulled out his revolver and shot him in the chest. Constable Kelly was able to walk back to the town commissary where he collapsed. The subject then rode away on his horse.

Constable Kelly was survived by his wife and his children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Constable Kelly was my great grandfather.

Teresa Reynolds
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May 15, 2019

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