Patrolman Richard D. Coffee

Patrolman Richard D. Coffee

Greenup Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1934

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Richard D. Coffee

Patrolman Richard Coffee succumbed to gunshot wounds he received in front of the Greenup Courthouse on June 25, 1934.

Patrolman Coffee had ordered a man to keep his dog in his yard because his neighbors complained that the dog had tried to bite them. The man, angered over the order, went home, obtained a gun, and returned to the courthouse and shot Patrolman Coffee in the leg and hip. He was transported to King's Daughters Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds five days later.

The suspect, 57, was convicted of Patrolman Coffee's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Coffee had served with the Greenup Police Department for at least seven years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 25, 1934
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Patrolman Coffee,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Greenup. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 30, 2024

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