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Deputy Sheriff John A. Gilbert | Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

John A. Gilbert

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, June 14, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy John Gilbert was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked along the road on Little Sand Mountain. The car was parked in a location used by the local power company's payroll truck and had caught the attention of power company workers. The workers notified Deputy Gilbert, who lived nearby, and asked him to investigate the vehicle.

Deputy Gilbert deputized a neighbor and went to investigate. They reached the car as a man came out of the woods carrying a large sack. When Deputy Gilbert asked the man to surrender the man put the sack in the vehicle and immediately opened fire with a .45 caliber pistol, striking Deputy Gilbert. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Gilbert was able to return fire with his shotgun and struck the suspect once in the side.

The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle but became too weak to drive after a short distance. He was picked up by two passerby and taken to his home, and then to a local hospital, where he was charged with Deputy Gilbert's murder.

Deputy Gilbert had served with the agency for several terms. He was survived by his wife, four daughters, and son.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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