Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley

Knott County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, August 17, 1921

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Lawrence Conley

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley was shot and killed from ambush at Yellow Mountain, Knott County.

Deputy Conley, who also was the area's school teacher, was walking home school for lunch with his nephews when he was shot from ambush by a subject concealed in nearby bushes. It is believed he was shot in retaliation for local law enforcement's war on moonshining in the area. He was the third deputy to be ambushed in three weeks, and the first fatally wounded.

Deputy Conley was survived by his wife, several children, and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available


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Deputy Sheriff Conley,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knott County.


United States Border Patrol

August 17, 2021

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