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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Deputy Sheriff Burkhart,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harlan County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 7, 2018

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