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Patrolman John M. Fenton | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


John M. Fenton

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 31, 1867

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/25/1867

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman John Fenton was shot and killed when he attempted to remove three intoxicated men who were causing a disturbance from a saloon. Patrolman Fenton asked all thee men to leave, and they complied. While outside the Saloon one of the suspects attacked Patrolman Fenton, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then drew a pistol and fired, missing Patrolman Fenton, but striking a young boy standing nearby, killing him. Patrolman Fenton returned fire striking the suspect in the arm, but the suspect was able to fire again, striking Patrolman Fenton in the chest.

Patrolman Fenton was removed to his home where he died six days later from his wound.

The killer was executed on August 20, 1869.

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Thank you for your service to this community. May you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten!

Lauren W.
Wife of a DeSoto County Officer
June 8, 2010


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