TOMPKINSVILLE, KY.- The city of Tompkinsville memorialized their former police chief, who was shot and killed while walking to get his mail.
On Monday, law enforcement officials from across the state of Kentucky traveled to Tomkinsville today to honor Chief Herbert Proffitt. The 82 year old was gunned down last week by a man he helped put behind bars on numerous occasions over the past 3 decades.
Tompkinsville residents said they knew Monday would be a difficult day, having to say goodbye to their friend and former police chief. But the day was made even more difficult when they learned the Proffitt's wife, Bernice, died on Sunday. Many residents said that Bernice was overcome with the grief of losing her husband.
The streets of Tompkinsville were lined with people as the chief was brought from the church to his final resting place at the cemetery.
"We will always have his memories," said resident Nancy Copass "There is nothing we can say to change what happened,"
Proffitt and his wife are survived by their son, the Mayor of Tompkinsville and their grandchildren. Arraignments for Proffitt's wife have not yet been scheduled.
Murder charges are still pending against 81-year old Charles Hammer, who's accused of shooting the former Chief.