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Special Agent Don E. Gresham | Tennessee Department of Finance and Taxation - Alcohol Tax Unit, Tennessee Tennessee Department of Finance and Taxation - Alcohol Tax Unit, Tennessee

Special Agent

Don E. Gresham

Tennessee Department of Finance and Taxation - Alcohol Tax Unit, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, January 28, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Special Agent Don Gresham was shot and killed while conducting a bootlegging investigation in Madison County, just outside of the Jackson city limits.

He had been interviewing a subject in a tavern on Highway 70 for two hours. During the course of the interview, Agent Gresham's service weapon fell from its holster.

The subject he was speaking to, picked up the gun and as he handed it back to Agent Gresham, the weapon discharged. The round struck the subject in the wrist. The man yelled out that the agent shot him. He pulled out his own gun and shot Agent Gresham three times, mortally wounding him.

The subject was arrested at a local hospital and charged with Agent Gresham's murder. The man was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Agent Gresham was a US Army veteran and had served with the Alcohol Tax Unit for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 61rst 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.

Time never diminishes respect, and 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
January 28, 2012

 

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