Sheriff Sam L. Green

Sheriff Sam L. Green

Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 1961

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Sam L. Green

Sheriff Sam Green was shot and killed by a suspect while serving a warrant as a result of a domestic disturbance earlier in the day.

He was assisting the city police department and had gone to the home with a city police officer. The city officer went to the front door and Sheriff Green went to the back door. As the sheriff approached the back door, the suspect fired a 16 gauge shotgun through the door, striking him.

The suspect then stole Sheriff Green's gun and attempted to flee. He then shot and wounded the city police officer as the officer came around the house after hearing the gunfire. The suspect was arrested approximately 45 minutes later. The man was sentenced to life in prison but released after serving only 12 years. He later died of tuberculosis.

Sheriff Green had served with the Rowan County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 59
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Deceased

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I was only 11 years old when papaw was shot and killed that cold december night in 1961. I always looked up to him as a hero figure when I was a little boy. I remember all the sirens screaming all through Morehead that night. It was like a nightmare. As the oldest of his grandchildren I have always shared my memory of him as a strict disciplinarian,but fair to all he dealt with. You were a top cop papaw. We need more like you. Rest in peace. Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington
Grandson

April 29, 2020

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