Deputy Sheriff Robert Hensley

Deputy Sheriff Robert Hensley

Owsley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1954

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Robert Hensley

Deputy Hensley and Sheriff Clarence Taylor were shot and killed while investigating a truck that was stuck in a ditch on the side of a roadway. One of three men inside the vehicle, all who had been drinking, opened fire killing both. All three were apprehended.

All three, two a father and son, were tried and acquitted four years later.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Robert Hensley was my great-grandfather. As my mother tells it, my great-grandfather had wanted to retire, but instead accepted the position of "high sheriff", being told that he would not have to go out on calls. Around a month later, officer Taylor came to his home and asked him to help out on a call. He and Clarence Taylor went together to investigate the accident. As they got out of the car and walked around in front of the headlights, they were "shot by A Gabbard man, his son , and a Baker man". My mother still speaks of him today with tears in her eyes. Though he may be gone, he is definantly not forgotten.

Regina S. Truitt
Great-Granddaughter of fallen officer, Robert Hensley

October 18, 2013

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