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Charles Franklin Elliott
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1905
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1948
Harlan County
Kentucky, USA

You will find a tribute to Charles Franklin Elliott on the 'Officer Down' website.

KY Death Certificate #046-22749
SSDI #401-10-6391
Residence Louellen, Harlan, KY
Married Spouse age 33 Nora
Father Godfrey Elliott born London, KY
Mother Frona Harbin born London, KY
Occupation Officer, Law & Order
Homicide - date of ocurrance 29 Oct 1948
Where - in mountains
Injury - While at work
Means of Injury - Gunshot

The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .
Chief of Police Charles F. Elliott Louellen Police Department Kentucky
End of Watch: Sunday, October 31, 1948
Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: CHIEF
Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, October 29, 1948
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Arrested Chief Elliott succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot while he and a deputy from a local mining company attempted to raid a still in the mountains near Louellen, Kentucky. The two officers were ambushed near the site of the still and both were struck by a shotgun blast. Although wounded in the neck, the other deputy was able to return to Louellen to get help. Other officers returned to the scene and had to carry Chief Elliott 1.5 miles on a stretcher to the nearest road. He was taken to Harlan Hospital where he died of his wounds two days later. Chief Elliott had served in law enforcement for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two brothers, and three sisters.

Courier-Journal - Louisville, KY - Saturday, October 31, 1948 - Section 1, Page 12
Man Held In Wounding Of Officers Raiding Still
Special to The Courier-Journal
Harlan, KY, Oct 30 - One man was arrested today and another sought in connection with the shooting and wounding of two special State officers on a moonshine raid late yesterday.

The two officers are Charlie Elliott, 43, Louellen, and Granville Sargent, Clover Darby. Elliott was reported in "very serious" condition at Harlan Hospital. Sargent's condition was less serious. Both are State-appointed, company-paid, mining-camp officers. Elliott is stationed with the Louellen Coal Company and Sargent with the Clover Darby Coal Company.

State police identified the arrested man as Bert Bailey, 26, Cumberland. They said Eugene Barker, Cloverlick, was sought. Bailey was arrested today at the home of a brother at Splint, KY.

Officers said Bailey and Barker had been identified by the wounded men as the gunmen who fired on them.

The two officers were shot after they had destroyed a still deep in the mountains near Louellen and were leaving the scene. They were the only persons making the raid.

Elliott was hit in the right side with a .38 bullet that passed through his body. Sargent was struck in the side of the head by several shotgun pullets.

Wounded Man Rescued

As Elliott fell, Sargent fled. He made his way to Louellen, and summoned help. Thirty men, including Dr. W. K. Howard, went to the scene and removed the wounded 250-pound Elliott. They carried Elliott a mile and a half in a stretcher before reaching the road on which an ambulance waited. Elliott was on the mountainside 4 hours before being removed to the hospital.

Courier-Journal - Louisville, KY - Tuesday Morning, November 2, 1948 - Section 2, Page 1
2 Men Accused Of Slaying Officer In Harlan Raid
Harlan, KY - Nov. 1 -

Murder charges were filed here today against two men, Sherriff James Cawood reported, in connection with the fatal shooting of a special police officer, Charles F. Elliott, 43, Louellen.

Cawood identified the men under arrest as Burton Bailey, 29, Dione and Eugene Baker, of near Cumberland, He said the murder warrent had been issued for a third man not in custody, but declined to disclose this man's identity.

Elliott died last night of wounds officers said he suffered Friday while on a moonshine-whisky-still raid in a remote area of the Harlan County mountains.

Bailey today denied any connection with the shooting. He declared he had seven witnesses, "some not even kin to me", to prove he was at the home of his brother. Ben Bailey, at the time.
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  Nora Mae Cross Elliott Welty (____ - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Resthaven Cemetery
Harlan County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section K, Row 6, near the corner
Created by: Gaye Hill
Record added: Jan 29, 2010
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Charles Franklin Elliott
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