Chief of Police Cloyd Aubrine Charlton

Chief of Police Cloyd Aubrine Charlton

Adairville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, February 6, 1967

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Cloyd Aubrine Charlton

Chief of Police Cloyd Charlton was shot and killed by a man whom he had issued a traffic ticket several days earlier following an accident. The man had been ticketed for driving without a Kentucky operator's license.

After being ticketed, the man threatened Chief Charlton's life.

Several days later, Chief Charlton observed the man driving again and attempted to stop him. The man refused to stop and was chased to his farm. As Chief Charlton exited his patrol car, the suspect fired at him, fatally wounding him. The man then shot him again with a different gun and shot his patrol car with a shotgun.

The man was taken into custody after his wife called the county sheriff to report the incident. The 52-year-old farmer was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to one year.

Chief Charlton had served as the only Adairville Police Department's policeman for 11 months and had previously served with the Gallatin Police Department in Tennessee. He was survived by four daughters, his mother, and a brother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

retaliation, vehicle pursuit

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I served as the Police Chief in Adairville from May of 2001 to July 2004. I remember reading his name every year at our Law Enforcement Memorial. Thank You Chief Charlton for your service to and dedication to the city of Adairville!!
You will never be forgotten!

Lt. Jimmy Phelps (Retired)
Glasgow Police Department

July 16, 2023

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