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Deputy R. A. Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee


R. A. "Bob" Rogers

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, March 8, 1958

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Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Never identified

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Deputy Bob Rogers and Chief Deputy James Wright were shot and killed from ambush as they conducted a routine check of a tavern on State Highway 68.

Two hidden gunman opened fire on them with shotguns as they stepped out of their patrol car. Chief Deputy Wright and Deputy Rogers were both struck by the shotgun blasts and killed. A third deputy returned fire but did not strike the suspects.

The suspects were never identified. Authorities felt the murders were the result of years of feuding between county politicians and there was a question as to wether there was one or two suspects. Exactly one year later the tavern they were checking was bombed.

Deputy Rogers is survived by his wife and ten children.

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