December 21, 2014

Somerset Officer Kills Prisoner, Pulaski, 1909


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[September 23, 1909] -

OFFICER KILLS NEGRO:--Henry Waddle of Somerset, shot and killed a negro, Joe Smith, on the streets there Saturday night. Waddle was bossing a gang of convicts, when Smith who had been ugly, drew a revolver and began shooting at him. Waddle returned fire, killing the negro. [1]


[September 24, 1909] -

Henry Waddle, a Somerset policeman, shot to death Joe Smith, a Negro he was placing in jail. Smith had a pistol that Waddle did not know about. [2]


[1] Excerpt from "In Our Own State." The Citizen, Berea, KY. September 23, 1909. Page 1. LOC.

[2] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 24, 1909. Page 1. LOC.


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