Night Policeman Roscoe Halcomb

Night Policeman Roscoe Halcomb

Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, September 17, 1939

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Roscoe Halcomb

Night Policeman Roscoe Halcomb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a hitchhiker who had threatened a motorist with a handgun.

The motorist had picked up two hitchhikers in different cities, including one in Splint. When the driver pulled into a service station in Cumberland the man drew a pistol and demanded that the driver return him to Splint. The motorist was able to alert Policeman Halcomb.

A shootout ensued as Policeman Halcomb attempted to arrest the subject and both were killed.

Policeman Halcomb had only served with the Cumberland Police Department for three months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

weapons violation

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Officer Halcomb,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cumberland.


United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2019

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