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Sheriff Horace B. Taylor | Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Sheriff

Horace B. Taylor

Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 15, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/15/1940

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Horace Taylor and Deputy Casper Wood were shot and killed as they attempted to arrest a miner for making a disturbance in Zenith, Tennessee. A posse was formed after the two were killed. The miner's foreman attempted to talk the man into the surrendering, but the suspect opened fire on him as well. Despite being mortally wounded, the foreman was able to return fire and also killed the suspect.

Sheriff Taylor had served as sheriff for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, sister, and four brothers.

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Deputy Sheriff Casper Wood
Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 15, 1940
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd 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
May 16, 2012

 

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