City Marshal Steve Young

City Marshal Steve Young

Booneville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, September 10, 1947

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Steve Young

City Marshal Steve Young was shot and killed near the Owsley County Courthouse at 5:10 pm by a man whom he had previously arrested for a liquor violation and was under indictment as a result.

The county jailer observed the man walking past the courthouse carrying a shotgun. Approximately two minutes later the man approached Marshal Young and shot him four times without saying a word.

After two trials ending with hung juries, the man, 27, was convicted of Marshal Young's murder and sentenced to life in prison on September 16, 1948.

Marshal Young had served with the Booneville Police Department for one year.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

retaliation, alcohol violation

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City Marshal Young,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Booneville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 10, 2022

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