Town Marshal Joel Woodson Fergeson

Town Marshal Joel Woodson Fergeson

Murray Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, May 24, 1880

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Joel Woodson Fergeson

Town Marshal Joel Fergeson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was acting disorderly.

The man had drawn a pistol in an attempt to shoot another citizen, but Marshal Fergeson was able to disarm him. The man then went home, retrieved a shotgun, and returned to confront Marshal Jones. The man fired at Marshal Jones, who was able to knock the barrel away the shot went into the ground. The man then took several steps back and fired the second barrel, striking Marshal Fergeson in the groin.

Marshal Fergeson succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Marshal Fergeson was survived by his wife and five siblings. He was predeceased by his infant son.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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