Deputy Sheriff William Ray Brittain

Deputy Sheriff William Ray Brittain

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 10, 1934

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William Ray Brittain

Deputy Brittain was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight in a local restaurant. A 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder. A month later he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 7 years.

Deputy Brittain was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 7 years

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Harlan Co. KY Deputy Sheriff Wm. RAY Brittain had four surviving immediate family members: his wife, Mary Sue (Bowman) Brittain and his children, son C.B. and daughters, Wanda & Jewel. I am the son of Wanda (Brittain) Powell.

David W. Powell

February 18, 2020

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