Deputy Sheriff Frank J. Minton

Deputy Sheriff Frank J. Minton

Harlan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, January 26, 1936

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Frank J. Minton

Deputy Sheriff Frank Minton was shot and killed from ambush in retaliation for an arrest he had attempted earlier in the evening in Cumberland, Kentucky.

He had attempted to arrest a man for acting disorderly at a dance hall. During the arrest attempt, Deputy Minton struck the man with a blackjack but the man escaped.

Deputy Minton was taking his lunch break in a restaurant on Main Street at 2:00 am. The subject saw him in the restaurant and opened fire without warning, fatally wounding him. He was taken to a hospital in Lynch where he died two hours later.

The man turned himself in to the Cumberland police chief.

Deputy Minton had served with the Harlan County Sheriff's Office for two years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

ambush, retaliation

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