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Deputy Sheriff John Edward Penney | Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

John Edward Penney

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, April 6, 1944

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Penney was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Duncan Town for attempting to burn down his home and barn. When Deputy Penney arrived at the scene he told the man he was under arrest. The man initially cooperated but suddenly produced a .38 caliber pistol and shot Deputy Penney.

Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Penney was able to take the suspect into custody with the help of a taxicab driver who had accompanied him. He succumbed to his wound as the taxicab driver drove them towards the county jail.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 68th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 7, 2012

 

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