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 too grew up hearing my grandmother telling me this story. He mch like my grandfather in olive hill took care of and did so much for poor people. to say it as it was said to me about both men. "he did a lot of good for a lot of people"

wish we had more like him today.but for those who know maybe his memory and his deeds will inspire those coming up on how to be REAL law men/women.

the night before his retirement. god must have had need for a real law man in heaven.

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none worth mentioning

June 11, 2021

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