Chief of Police William Page Mason

Chief of Police William Page Mason

Ravenna Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, June 27, 1959

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William Page Mason

Chief of Police Page Mason was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest at Shelton's Service Station in Ravenna at 11:00 p.m.

The suspect was also shot and killed in the incident.

Chief Mason was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Ravenna Police Department for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt

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Red (Earl C.) Barnes was my grandfather. I was born in 1965 son of Earl Connelly Barnes. My name is Jeffrey Earl Barnes. I have spoken with individuals who were close to the scene and some who knew him well. By accounts I’ve heard Red was a decent man when sober. But when drinking he turned 180* totally opposite of his good nature. He most likely was drinking heavily at this tragic time. Alcoholism has been a family curse well before him. My father suffered from it till his last years. I chose to enter rehab 4.5 years ago to end my suffering and put an end to that curse. My 32 year old son is a fine, upstanding and successful businessman who cares nothing for alcohol. Prayers would be appreciated to keep him strong in his life journey. If I could change the outcome of 1959 I would do anything to stop it.

Jeffrey Earl Barnes

January 31, 2024

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