Tom Crawford Columbia Police Department
End of Watch: Summer of 1862 Age: Unknown Death: Gunfire Suspect Info: Union soldiers
Incident Details: In the summer of 1862, after the battle of Shiloh. Union soldiers were camped next to the river north of Columbia (today’s Riverside neighborhood) while marching their way to Nashville. The area of E.6th St. near Woodland & Glade St. was known as the red light district during the Civil War. When the incident occurred about a hundred Union troops were in the area availing themselves of the charms to be found within this part of town. W.J. Andrews, Chief of Police and city policemen, James Henderson and George B. Dodson had captured two Union infantrymen trying to loot the house of a elderly grandmother in town.
Andrews rode down into the soldiers wanting to turn the two marauding soldiers over to the Union army’s military provost. He was surrounded by the soldiers with pistols in his face, accusing him of being a guerilla. Other officers keeping watch on the roadways into town, came to Andrews aid with rifles and bayonets. When the belligerent soldiers saw Officers Henderson and Dodson dragging the two captured soldiers behind them they went nuts. The soldiers charged and fired shots at the officers, Andrews galloped past yelling at the officers to save themselves. The officers retreated and found shelter at the market house off the square on E. 7th St. and gathered their wits. Policeman Tom Crawford complained of pain in his back and his complaints grew louder. It was discovered that he had been shot by a pistol ball and he was treated by Dr. Frierson. Crawford rallied for a few weeks before dying from the injury, most likely due to infection. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Greenwood Cemetery.
There is very limited information about this incident and it comes from the writings published by the Tennessean from W.J.Andrews of was the Chief of Police at the time of the incident.
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Constable James Gilmer Maury County Constable
End of Watch: October 1899 Age: 27 yrs, 3 months and 7 days Death: Gunfire
Incident Details: Constable James Gilmer along with Officers Ladd and Wiltshire were attempting to quiet a disturbance at the Tennessee Mines. He was attempting to disarm 2 men when he was shot from behind. No further details are available at this time. There is a discrepancy about the exact date of his death. One news article listed 10/14/1899 and another paper listed 10/19/1899. He was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery.
***Information was taken from***
“They Passed This Way” Lightfoot & Shackel Ford, Vol #2 Tennessee Maury County Death Records Pages 79,256,258.
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Deputy George Alexander Owen Maury County Sheriff's Dept. Tennessee Age: 48 Tour of Duty: Nearly 3 years End of Watch: September 11,1931 Cause of Death: Gunfire Incident date: September 9, 1931 Incident details: Around 10:00 pm Deputy Owen and his friend John Workman were ambushed at the entrance of Deputy Owens farm. Workman was killed instantly and Deputy Owen succumbed to his injuries a few days later. It is believed that Deputy Owen was slain because of his activities against the outlaw element of the 6th and 7th civil districts. Deputy Owen was known as a fearless officer who had been active against the liquor sellers of this community. ** Information taken from The Daily Herald Newspaper 9/10,11th and 12th, 1931 ** More details to come
** Information taken from The Daily Herald Newspaper 9/10,11th and 12th, 1931 **
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Deputy Nathan Eugene Fleming Maury County Sheriff's Dept. Tennessee Age: 48 Tour of Duty: 15 months End of Watch: December 23, 1932 Cause of Death: Gunfire Incident details: Around 7:00 pm Deputy Fleming stopped to check on a vehicle on the side of the road. During the investigation he was shot by Somerfield Ridley who stepped out of the shadows and shot Deputy Fleming without any warning. He died from his injuries within a few minutes.
Peace Officers from around the area searched for days following up on numerous leads. On 1/1/1933 Somerfield Ridley's body was found inside a isolated corn crib in the McCain's Community. He was unarmed and dressed in thin wet clothing without shoes and is believed to have died from exposure from the elements. The case was closed
** Information taken from The Daily Herald Newspaper 12/231932, 1/1 and 1/3/1933 **
Constable Grady Ford Dillehay Maury County 9th District Constable Tennessee Age: 43 End of Watch: September 7, 1963 Cause of Death: Gunfire
Incidents details: Around 12:30am Sept. 7th 1963 Constable Dillehay and 2 troopers went to the home of a workhouse escapee and attempted to take him back into custody. The escapee fired a shotgun thru a window hitting Constable Dillehay in the face. He died a few minutes later from his injuries. His killer was sentenced to 99 years and a day in prison.
Chief Homer W. Copeland Mount Pleasant Police Dept. Tennessee End of Watch: Sunday, 10/01/1967
Incident Details: Chief Copeland was responding emergency traffic with other local agencies for a rifle-toting women who was barricaded in a gas station. As he pulled into the parking lot with the other officers, he slumped over in the seat and died from a massive heart attack.
| Patrolman William Larry Whitwell |
Columbia Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1981
Tour of Duty: 8 years888 years
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Incident details: On April 4th around 11:30 pm Officer Whitwell stopped a vehicle and then discovered that the occupants were robbery suspects. While arresting the offenders he was attacked and shot several times. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital a short time later in the early hours of April 5th.
Sergeant James David Perry
Sergeant James Perry suffered a fatal heart attack while in a foot pursuit of a man suspected in an earlier assault on an officer in Ardmore, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Alabama after being flown there.
Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale
Officer Ragsdale was shot and killed while responding to a silent burglary alarm at a local motorcycle dealership. He
Trooper Todd Michael Larkins
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Trooper Calvin W. Jenks
Trooper Calvin Jenks was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 14 and 54 in Tipton County.
In December 2007, one suspect was found guilty of the facilitation of first degree murder and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. The second shooter also received a life sentence in June 2008.
Corporal Jeremy McLaren
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