Chief of Police John E. Miller

Chief of Police John E. Miller

Jackson Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, October 29, 1927

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John E. Miller

Chief of Police John Miller and Constable Henry Spencer, of the Breathitt County Constable's Office, were shot and killed while raiding a home on the outskirts of town that was suspected of having illegal liquor.

Two men were arrested inside the home and taken out front, where Constable Spencer stood guard over them. Chief Miller re-entered the home to arrest a third man but was shot several times while inside. The man then exited the home and exchanged shots with Constable Miller, striking him multiple times.

Despite his wounds, Constable Spencer returned fire and wounded the subject. The man, along with the other two, fled into the nearby hills. The 40-year-old shooter was identified but never apprehended.

Constable Spencer was taken to a local hospital where he died of his wounds on November 2nd, 1927.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

alcohol violation

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Chief Miller,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jackson.


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October 29, 2018

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