Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, April 12, 1972

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Lawrence Conley

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Conley was shot and killed from ambush as he stood outside of his patrol car at a service station in Garrett at approximately 11:45 pm.

The service station had closed for the night, and Deputy Conley had pulled in and parked, facing the highway. He had gone to Garrett to meet with a county constable to discuss an assault case he was investigating. At some point, someone approached and shot him twice at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing him instantly.

The suspect was apprehended in 1974 and charged with murder. A judge reduced the charges and granted the suspect a five-year sentence that the state Supreme Court overruled. The results of the subsequent trial are unknown.

Deputy Conley had served with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office for 14 months. He was survived by two children and his parents.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charged with murder


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Deputy Sheriff Conley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Floyd County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 12, 2022

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