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 was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

retaliation, vehicle pursuit

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Young to be a police chief, too young to pass. Thank you for your bravery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2016

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