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Special Deputy Marshal James Ballenger | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Special Deputy Marshal

James Ballenger

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, July 21, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Tennessee

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Special Deputy Marshal James Ballenger was shot and killed in Putnam County, Tennessee, while assisting a deputy marshal serve a warrant on a local postmaster.

The postmaster had been charged by a U.S. Post Office inspector with violating postal laws by stealing a check from the mail.

The deputy marshal had deputized Special Deputy Ballenger and another man to assist with serving the warrant. As they approached the man he opened fire, killing Special Deputy Ballenger. The subject fled the state after the murder.

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As a former postal employee and a police officer's son, I can reflect on the virtues of honesty. Your honesty, Special Deputy Marshal Ballenger will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
July 21, 2013

 

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