Patrolman Doc Lefler

Patrolman Doc Lefler

Ashland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, July 4, 1921

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Doc Lefler

Patrolman Doc Lefler was shot and killed as he and Officers Hunt and Erwin attempted to arrest a man for assaulting his wife. The officers surrounded the home of suspect and Officer Lefler entered and placed the suspect under arrest. As Officer Lefler led the suspect away from the house he stopped to wait for the other officers, releasing his hold on the suspect. The suspect pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Officer Lefler multiple times at close range, killing him, and then fired on Officers Hunt and Erwin, striking Officer Hunt twice in the leg. The two officers fired back and struck the suspect, however, the suspect escaped.

Patrolman Lefler was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Lefler,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ashland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 4, 2021

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