Sheriff Robert Terry McMurtry

Sheriff Robert Terry McMurtry

Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, December 13, 1914

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Robert Terry McMurtry

Sheriff Robert McMurtry was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for murdering Special Deputy Marshal James Wood, of the Upton Police Department, three days earlier.

The man had been located at a home and Sheriff McMurtry went to arrest him. As he searched the house shot him while hiding in the attic.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on July 30, 1915.

Sheriff McMurtry was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1915

arrest attempt, murder suspect

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Your legacy lives on with your family, dear great-grandfather. You will never be forgotten. I wish I had known you. We still think of you and honor you. Rest in peace.

Sharon McMurtry Squibb

December 31, 2021

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