Chief of Police Herbert Proffitt Tompkinsville Police Department, Kentucky End of Watch: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Chief of Police Herbert Proffitt

Tompkinsville Police Department, Kentucky
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 82
Tour of Duty: 55 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 28, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Dale Ford
Tompkinsville Police Department
201 East 2nd Street
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Phone: (270) 487-6191

Chief of Police (Ret) Herbert Proffitt was shot and killed from ambush in the driveway of his home by a man whom he had arrested multiple times over the past 40 years. He was walking down his driveway to check his mail when the subject drove up and opened fire, killing him.
The suspect fled the scene but was arrested several hours later.
It was later determined that Chief Proffitt had first arrested the man for domestic violence in the 1970s. The conviction resulted in the man spending several years in the state penitentiary. Chief Proffitt arrested the man several more times after his release from prison. When he was arrested for Chief Proffitt’s murder, he had copies of the original citations in his possession.
Chief Proffitt was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He had served in law enforcement for 55 years, including as chief of the Tompkinsville Police Department and sheriff of Monroe County. He returned to work as a bailiff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office after retiring the first time in 2000. He retired again in 2009 at the age of 79.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A southern Kentucky police officer’s death is being felt across the state.

Police say retired Monroe County Sheriff Herbert Proffitt, 82, was shot and killed in his drive way in Monroe County Tuesday.
Detectives believe this may be a case of revenge several decades later.

"It’s just a terrible situation," Reed Moore.

Friends are still trying to make sense of what happened to 82-year-old Herbert Proffitt Tuesday afternoon at his Tompkinsville, Kentucky home.

Proffitt was a long-time public servant — starting in the U.S. Army, continuing as the Monroe County Sheriff, then as the Tompkinsville Police Chief, and even a court bailiff.

The 82-year-old just retired three years ago.

"He was a really compassionate man. If he had to arrest you, he treated you with dignity and respect," Moore said.

That’s something he didn’t get in return.

He was killed during a drive-by shooting, but police say it wasn’t random.

Proffitt was gunned down outside his home, investigators say, by Charles Hammer, 81.

Records indicate Proffitt had arrested Hammer several times in the 1980’s.

"They deal with a segment of society, some of which are pretty bad. Sometimes you make those bad people, pretty mad," Moore said.

Flags fly at half staff in Tompkinsville, where Proffitt’s son is the Mayor.

His impact is also being right here in Louisville, where his body was embalmed before returning back to Nelson County.

"What we’re doing in paying a tribute. We’re remembering how this officer lived, we don’t want to look at how he died," Prospect Police Lieutenant Todd Shaw said.

Shaw is one of nearly a dozen officers who personally chose to escort Proffitt’s body home.

"He put almost 50 years in serving the community and it was his time to be part of the community and to lay back and enjoy life and in this case unfortunately it didn’t happen," Shaw said.

Proffitt’s visitation and funeral have been postponed indefinitely due to a medical emergency involving his wife.




2 Responses to “Chief of Police Herbert Proffitt Tompkinsville Police Department, Kentucky End of Watch: Tuesday, August 28, 2012”

  1. 1 Joan Parker August 30, 2012 at 13:53

    Rest In Peace Officer Proffitt…

  2. 2 Jimmy Lea Allman II September 4, 2012 at 18:42

    I am truely sadened by the loss of a great man, officer and public servant .As well as the passing of spouse a few days later is heart breaking for me as well. I am veteran of the US Army and it sadened me to see the police chief being carried out of the funeral home incorrectly , as the flag is draped over the casket and he was taken out ofthe funeral home the stars did not come out first (this is represented as the head of the body always goes out first and is traveled in that manner) as respect to the flag and the person being presented. I am only concerned that if this a traditiion it is incorrect and should be changed to reflect whats proper for both parties.
    Rest in peace you servant of god and country .

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