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Constable Thomas Jefferson York | Fentress County Constable's Office, Tennessee Fentress County Constable's Office, Tennessee


Thomas Jefferson York

Fentress County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, May 7, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Constable Thomas York was shot and killed while investigating an accident on U.S. Highway 127 near Jamestown, Tennessee. A man notified Constable York of the accident while the constable was at home in bed. Constable York met the man and began to drive to the accident scene when some sort of trouble started between the two men.

Constable York stopped the car and both men began to struggle on the side of the road. Constable York shot the suspect three times but the man was able to gain control of Constable York's service weapon and shot him in the head, killing him. The suspect also succumbed to his wounds at the scene of the shooting.

Constable York was the son of U.S. Army Sergeant Alvin C. York, the famous American hero of World War I. He had served in the US Air Force and was survived by his wife and four children. He is buried in Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Fentress County, Tennessee.

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Constable York, I just had the same experience as Jim Leahy. Your family has given much...perhaps, too much...in the service of this Nation. I thank you for your service in the USAF, and for your service on behalf of the people of Fentress County and the State of Tennessee.

May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Sgt. K. Moreland
Arapahoe Community College PD (Ret. LAPD)
July 10, 2014


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