Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

August 29, 2012

Retired lawman killed

GLASGOW — Kentucky State Police are looking for a suspect in a Monroe County shooting.  

State police confirmed in a press release at 6:37 p.m. Tuesday that Herbert “Sprocket” Proffitt had been shot and killed around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on Rush Lane in Monroe County.

Proffitt, 82, a former Monroe County law enforcement officer, was pronounced dead at the Monroe County Medical Center at 4:20 p.m.

Information about Proffitt’s death was posted Tuesday afternoon on Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton’s Facebook page.

Eaton worked with Proffitt as a deputy sheriff under former Monroe County Sheriff Jerry “Slick” Gee in the early 1990s.

Eaton thought a lot of Proffitt.

“You never had to second guess where he was. He was true to the people he served and that showed by the number of years he was in law enforcement,” Eaton said. “He was just kind of a mentor. He was someone you could call and get advice from.”

Eaton said Proffitt’s career spanned more than 50 years.

“He’s seen a lot in the 50 years. He loved his family. He loved his son. Everybody knew Sprocket,” Eaton said. “He always had a smile on his face.”

Proffitt had served as a deputy sheriff, as well as sheriff and police chief.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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