Deputy Sheriff Oscar Burkhart

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Burkhart

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, November 7, 1968

Oscar Burkhart

Deputy Burkhart was shot and killed while attempting to transport a prisoner to the county jail. The prisoner's parents opened fire on Deputy Burkhart's patrol car, firing over 50 rounds into it and fatally wounding him. All of the suspects fled the scene after the shooting but were captured a short time later.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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RIP Deputy Burkhart. 45 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the people of Kentucky and the United States.


November 7, 2013

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