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Sheriff John M. Benton | Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee


John M. Benton

Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, September 28, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Arrested

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Sheriff John Benton was shot and killed near the Watts Bar Dam while attempting to arrest a man for public drunkenness at a local dance hall shortly before midnight.

The man, who was a laborer building the nearby dam for the Tennessee Valley Authority, resisted arrest and was fatally shot by Sheriff Benton. Moments later the man's son shot and killed Sheriff Benton. The son then took his father's body and fled back to their home where he was arrested by two state highway patrolmen several hours later. A second man was arrested and charged in connection with Sheriff Benton's murder.

Sheriff Benton was survived by his wife.

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Rest In Peace Brother. On this day the 76th anniversary of your EOW you are not forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA
September 28, 2017


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