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Deputy Sheriff William S. Thompson | Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

William S. Thompson

Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 11, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff William Thompson was shot and killed as he and several other deputies raided a home where an illegal still was being operated. Because of a rough road, the deputies were forced to park their car and walk approximately one mile to the home. As they walked passed the home the homeowner opened fire on them with a shotgun, striking Deputy Thompson and another deputy.

The other deputies returned fire and struck the suspect, fatally wounding him. The deputy who wasn't wounded returned to town to notify the sheriff and to get assistance.

Deputy Thompson was taken to a hospital in Middlesboro, Kentucky, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Thompson had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and several children.

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