Constable William Harvey Brewer

Constable William Harvey Brewer

Owsley County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 25, 1935

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William Harvey Brewer

Constable William Brewer was shot and killed from ambush while attending a church service at the Royal Oak Church at Sturgeon.

Earlier in the day, he had arrested two men who were causing a disturbance at a singing school near Blake. Once the singing school finished he took the men to jail at Booneville and he then returned home. While attending church services that evening a subject fired a .38 caliber handgun through a church window, striking Constable Brewer in the head.

Constable Brewer was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, four children, parents, and his sister. His sister and her family were visiting from California and were in the church with his family when the shooting occurred.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

ambush, off duty, retaliation

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present. There are no words sufficient to say how reprehensible the murderer was to ambush you during a worship service.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 22, 2019

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