Deputy Sheriff Claude E. Flinchum

Deputy Sheriff Claude E. Flinchum

Wolfe County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, March 4, 1979

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Claude E. Flinchum

Deputy Sheriff Claude "Rooster" Flinchum was shot and killed while waiting for his backup units to arrive after responding to the scene of a disturbance call.

The 36-year-old suspect was apprehended by the state police.

Deputy Flinchum had served with the Wolfe County Sheriff's Department for one year. A Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, he was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 3
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Flinchum,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in Korea. And to your Family and loved ones I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 4, 2019

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