Deputy Sheriff Albert Johnson Franklin

Deputy Sheriff Albert Johnson Franklin

Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 1, 1913

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Albert Johnson Franklin

Deputy Sheriff Albert Franklin succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on October 27th, 1913, while attempting to arrest two brothers who were drinking on the veranda of the Shirley Hotel on Main Street in Edmonton.

The boys held a grudge against Deputy Franklin for having arrested their father several years earlier. During the arrest a friend of the boys opened fire on Deputy Franklin, mortally wounding him.

The man was arrested and charged with murder. He was acquitted at trial in a change of venue.

Deputy Franklin was survived by his wife. He was on the ballot for the position of Sheriff in the upcoming election at the time of his death.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, October 27, 1913
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

DIP, retaliation

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"Ab" or "Papa Franklin" met Kate at a barn dance in Three Springs Kentucky and apparently danced all night on their first date. Papa as they called him left behind his wife and three small daughters at the time of his death. My mother told me a story of how the perpetrator's mother came to Kate's home to beg forgiveness for what her son had done to her family. As a child, I inherited a small shaker caned bottom chair he bought for his daughter (my grandmother) , strapped to his horse and made the 18 mile trip home to give it to her as a gift. My mother always placed socks on either side of it full of candy and fruit for Christmas and laid many gifts in the seat of that chair. It was a nice subliminal memorial for him every Christmas. My great grandmother had the task of raising those three daughters and apparently became quite the farm director in order to make a living for her family. She had no choice. She never remarried. I married a direct descendent of the hotel where Ab was shot (Tony Shirley). My cousin married the great nephew of the man who shot him. I've always heard a story of how he had killed a relative in self defense the day before Papa Franklin was killed. He was laid in a storefront with a mortal gut wound where he would wait for a surgeon to be brought from Louisville by train, buggy and then horseback to Edmonton where he would arrive too late to help him. He died of gangrene. Though I'm saddened about this terrible family tragedy, I've always been proud of his reputation as good and decent husband, father and law enforcement official. Thank you for posting about this on your website.

Melissa Walton-Shirley
Melissa Walton-Shirley MD FACC

April 25, 2019

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