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City Marshal Clarence D. Spence | Centerville Police Department, Tennessee Centerville Police Department, Tennessee

City Marshal

Clarence D. Spence

Centerville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 6, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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City Marshal Clarence Spence was shot and killed while searching for a still with several Hickman County deputy sheriffs.

The group had stopped at a home for a drink of water, which was given to them by the homeowner's wife. As they left the woman fired a gun three times as a signal to the homeowner. As the officers attempted to cross a field they were confronted by the homeowner who asked if they had a warrant. Marshal Spence answered they were only crossing the field, at which point the man opened fire with a shotgun, killing him.

The man later committed suicide.

Marshal Spence was also commissioned as a deputy marshal with the United States Marshals Service and had previously served with the Hickman County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife.

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Marshal Spence,
On today, the 89th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Centerville.


United States Border Patrol
July 6, 2016


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