Deputy Sheriff Dave Coleman, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Dave Coleman, Jr.

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, August 3, 1951

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Dave Coleman, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Dave Coleman was shot and killed in Phelps, Kentucky, while investigating a disturbance.

He and a deputy marshal were attempting to arrest a drunk subject when the man fired a shotgun, killing him. The subject, 26, who shot him was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years.

Deputy Coleman had served with the Pike County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years


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Deputy Sheriff Coleman,
On today, the 74th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Phelps County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 3, 2023

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