Sheriff Walter Emery Meek

Sheriff Walter Emery Meek

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 26, 1966

Add to My Heroes

Walter Emery Meek

Sheriff Walter Meek was shot and killed while attempting to serve a lunacy warrant on a mentally deranged man along Route 23 behind the Paul B. Hall Medical Center.

The subject committed suicide after murdering Sheriff Meek.

In addition to serving as sheriff, Sheriff Meek was also a well known barber in Paintsville, Kentucky. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

edp, warrant

Most Recent Reflection

View all 6 Reflections

I was the elected Sheriff of Johnson County 1994 thru 1998. I well remember Sheriff Meek being K.I.A., I was 11 years old . My father and I was walking up the street coming from the old post office. A man came running down the street saying the Sheriff had just been shot. It was cloudy day with light rain. I knew him well, he had been my barber. I was Sheriff Gene Cyrus chief deputy, and was present when he was murdered in 1992, March 18th. I have a deep connection with both incidents. I served 20 years in law enforcement. Both men were hero's.

Donald K. McFaddin
Former Sheriff of Johnson County Kentucky

August 17, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.