Constable John Coles

Constable John Coles

Estill County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, April 30, 1923

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John Coles

Constable John Coles was shot and killed after raiding a moonshine still approximately seven miles from Irvine, Kentucky.

He and the other officers had arrested two men at the still and brought them back to Ravenna. A third man followed the posse back to Ravenna and opened fire on them just as they reached the city limits. Constable Coles was shot three times but was able to return fire and wounded the subject multiple times. The man was arrested and placed in jail.

Constable Coles was taken to the hospital in Richmond where he died of his wounds.

Constable Coles was survived by his wife.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

alcohol violation, ambush, retaliation

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