Deputy Sheriff James Cornett

Photo of Deputy Sheriff James Cornett
End of Watch: Fri, Dec 24th, 1943
Date of Incident: Fri, Dec 24th, 1943
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 54


Deputy Sheriff James Cornett was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man at a roadhouse in a rural area 11 miles south of Hazard on Christmas Eve.

As he made the arrest the subject and another man both opened fire. Despite being fatally wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the subject. The other suspect and his brother were both arrested and charged with murder.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Perry County Sheriff's Department Patch
Main Street
Hazard, Kentucky 41702
(606) 439-4523


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