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Deputy Sheriff Edward N. Griffitts | Loudon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Loudon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Edward N. Griffitts

Loudon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, September 26, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Griffitts was shot and killed when he and another deputy went to arrest a man on a warrant for lewdness.

The two deputies went to a barn in Unitia, Tennessee, to arrest the suspect. When they arrived, they found the suspect and a woman on the second level of the barn. When Deputy Griffitts told the suspect he was under arrest, the suspect drew a large caliber handgun and opened fire. He struck Deputy Griffitts in the chest, killing him. A second shot struck the other deputy in the hip, wounding him.

The suspect fled but was captured by a posse led by the Sheriff of Loudon County.

Deputy Griffitts was survived by his father, brother, and fiancée.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 106th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

September 26, 2009


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