Sheriff Walter Emery Meek

Sheriff Walter Emery Meek

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 26, 1966

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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

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Walter cut my hair when I was a teen. Heard about hiis death shortly after starting Army basic training at Fort Knox Ky. Tragic. He was just a few years older than me. Knew his sisters well. 57 years now

Daniel Wells
Country friend

October 2, 2023

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