Deputy Sheriff Wilburn Taylor

Deputy Sheriff Wilburn Taylor

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 1917

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Wilburn Taylor

Deputy Sheriff Wilburn Taylor was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who were drinking in Layman, Kentucky.

The men shot Deputy Taylor nine times. Despite the wounds, he was able to return fire and wounded one of the men. The suspects were never held accountable for Deputy Taylor's murder.

Deputy Taylor also served as a school teacher. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded


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