Constable Kenneth Leroy Gohagan

Constable Kenneth Leroy Gohagan

Estill Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, January 3, 1938

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Kenneth Leroy Gohagan

Constable Gohagan was shot and killed while he and a local magistrate transported two prisoners to jail.

They stopped a truck containing six men to question them about a traffic violation when one of the occupants opened fire. Constable Gohagan was killed and the magistrate was critically wounded. One of the prisoners reported the shooting and a large manhunt was undertaken to locate the suspects.

A posse apprehended the suspects in a nearby woods. The shooter was shot and mortally wounded. He died at the South Carolina Penitentiary two months later. The other five suspects were released.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Constable Gohagan.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 25, 2019

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