Sheriff Cecil E. Cyrus

Sheriff Cecil E. Cyrus

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, March 18, 1992

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Cecil E. Cyrus

Sheriff Cecil Cyrus was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had escaped during a rape trial. The suspect attempted to commit suicide after murdering Sheriff Cyrus.

He was convicted of capital murder in connection with Sheriff Cyrus' murder.

Sheriff Cyrus had served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of capital murder

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I worked daily with Gene for more than ten years. He was always great fun, and strong beyond belief. The biggest part of Gene was his "heart". Countless times I witnessed his compassion for people less fortunate. He loved his family. He remains the most fearless man I ever met. I responded to the call the day Gene was murdered. Gene was "family". I have no words to explain how witnessing that incident has affected my life. My sincerest condolences to his family.

I look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

Former Sheriff of Johnson County
Don McFaddin

August 7, 2019

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