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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

National Police Week: Today, I would like to remember Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill

Published on May 14, 2020

National Police Week 2020 began on Sunday, May 10 and ends on Saturday, May 16, I would like to take a moment to remember each one that has died in the line of duty here in Ashland County.

Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill



Remembering Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill


August 2, 1982 Det. Sgt. Glenn Sturgill was killed in the line of duty by three armed robbers inside the city of Ashland. Sgt. Sturgill had been following three suspicious males during the evening hours and observed the three use a shotgun in a robbery attempt at the Fisher Big Wheel store on Claremont Ave.


The three approached a female in the parking lot and demanded her car. The female dropped a large glass jug she was carrying, and the three males ran from the scene. Sgt. Sturgill then exited his unmarked unit and pursued the three males across the street into a cornfield behind McDonald's restaurant.


The investigation showed that Sgt. Sturgill apprehended one of the males. Unknown to him, one of the other two was hiding behind a trash dumpster and fired one shot at Sgt. Sturgill striking him in the right-lower side and the angle of the rifled slug went upward and struck his heart, killing him instantly. Sgt. Sturgill fell backwards into the cornfield where he died.


Within 8 hours, all three suspects had been located and were taken into custody. All three subjects were tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison for murder. Detective Sergeant Sturgill was killed on his 30th birthday. He left behind a wife, Becky, and two children. Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill had served the County for 6 years.


The Command Center built at the Ashland County Fairgrounds was dedicated in part to the memory of Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill. The main driveway at the Justice Complex was named Sturgill Drive in his memory.


March 13, 2019, I wrote the following story, as it stands, they are still looking for people to sign a petition to keep his killer in prison.


We must Keep Him in Prison (March 13, 2019)


In September of 2019, Carl Dean Davis appears before the parole board.


Today, I had the honor of speaking with Timothy Sturgill who is the son of the late Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and Becky Sturgill/Fossaceca, wife of the late Detective Sergeant Glenn Sturgill. I also had the great pleasure of working with Fox8 reporter Peggy Gallek and Chief Deputy Carl L. Richert II, of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. You will be able to view the Fox8 story…/ashland-family-works-to-keep-convicted-…/


The Sturgill family started an on-line petition to keep Detective Glenn Sturgill’s killers in prison. The family and Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, along with all the staff at the Sheriff’s Office, ask for everyone to take a few minutes to sign this petition…/keep-cop-killer-carl-davis-beh…


Detective Sergeant Sturgill was killed on August 2, 1982, his 30th birthday. He had served with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office for six years. Two men and one juvenile were arrested, both men are currently being held in prison for this murder. The suspects, at the time were David Mullins, 21, and Carl Dean Davis, 25. A juvenile found to be involved with them was charged with aiding and abetting robbery.


Detective Sturgill observed the three men attempt to rob a woman at gunpoint at the former Big Wheel store in the 1600 block of Claremont Avenue, and chased two of the men into a cornfield. While pursuing two of the suspects he was ambushed by the other suspect and shot and killed.


Carl Dean Davis was sentenced in January 1983 to 14-50 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and complicity to aggravated robbery.


The 21-year-old shooter David Mullins was convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to life. Mullins and Davis were sentenced to an additional 18 months to five years in prison in 1984, after they attempted to escape.

Becky Sturgill said, “My husband, Detective Sgt. Glenn Sturgill, was doing what was right, he was doing his job protecting and serving.” “Carl Davis was not; Davis was doing wrong.”


Becky Sturgill points out some of the details from the awful day:


Davis and his co-defendants planned their scheme for over two days.


Davis was part of the plan to rob an innocent person, to steal their car to return to Kentucky. Davis not only took part, but it was Davis' idea to take the sawed-off shotgun and force someone to drive all three to Kentucky, as his attorney has admitted. The victim could have been anyone. They picked an innocent woman leaving her place of employment to victimize.


Davis participated in the illegal act of sawing off the shotgun that was later used to rob and murder. This was done at Davis's house.


Davis's action to saw the shotgun off served two purposes, to make it more concealable and in a planned close-range confrontation, the gun would be deadly.


Davis went to five stores until he was able to purchase deer slugs for that shotgun. Deer season was not in at the time. Deer slugs insured that if used, the sawed off shot gun would be lethal.


Davis participated in the robbery they had planned, a lone woman, in a parking lot, after dark.


Davis was there when the woman was held at gun point and she felt so threatened that she dropped the glass jar she held and fainted.


Davis ran with the other two away from the robbery when they heard Sgt. Sturgill's car coming, also parked in the lot, conducting surveillance. Davis fled with the juvenile. That enabled Mullins to use the sawed-off shotgun, with the deadly deer slugs, to stay back in the pitch dark to ambush Det. Sgt. Glenn Sturgill. Sgt. Sturgill was shot from the direction of his side.


Davis continued to run. Mullins and the juvenile surrendered themselves to authorities, Davis did not.

Davis was later arrested at home in the early morning hours on August 3. The sawed-off portion of the barrel of the shotgun was found at his home concealed.


If at any point in this scheme, Davis had not participated, or said no, it is extremely unlikely that all of the crimes would have occurred, especially the murder of Sgt. Glenn Sturgill.


Timothy Sturgill said, “In 2016 when Davis was last up for parole, we created a similar petition and were contacted by a family member of Davis' via social media.” “We were told we were monsters and we needed to stop the harassment of Davis and let the parole board decide his fate; although their definitions of harassment differ from ours.”


Timothy Sturgill remarked that if he was to ever communicate with Davis’ family it would be as follows,


“On my dad's birthday (which happens to be his End of Watch as well) and Father’s Day I have to see my father at his grave; I talk to a stone and get no response.” “You can visit Davis in prison, you can hear his voice; you can hear the words I love you.” “I am not that lucky.” “Davis made the choice to commit these crimes which go beyond murdering a police officer.” “My father was doing his job, protecting his community from vicious criminals.” “So no, I don't think we are wrong for our belief, or our efforts to keep him in prison.” “I missed out on hunting and fishing trips, countless birthdays, holidays and memories.” “He wasn't at my graduation, or my wedding.” “Why should Carl get those rights ever again?”


“As far as I know,” commented Timothy Sturgill, “nobody in our family has contacted Davis in anyway, but we have had to re-live this nightmare every time one of these guys are up for parole.”


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