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Deputy Sheriff Henry B. Wagster | Gibson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Gibson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Henry B. Wagster

Gibson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 9, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Henry Wagster and Constable Pinkney Knox were shot and killed near Dyer, Tennessee, while attempting to arrest an escapee from the county workhouse.

The subject had been at large for several days. As the officer, along with a third officer, searched the Dyer area they came across the subject hiding behind a tree. The man opened fire with a Winchester rifle, killing Deputy Wagster and seriously wounding Constable Knox. The subject fled the scene but was arrested a short time later after being shot multiple times by members of a posse. The subject's wounds resulted in the amputation of one of his arms.

The subject and his mother were both charged with Deputy Wagster's murder.

Constable Knox's health continued to deteriorate and he died as a result of his injuries on December 18th, 1915.

Deputy Wagster was survived by his wife.

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Constable Pinkney Shay Knox
Gibson County Constable's Office, Tennessee
End of Watch: Saturday, December 18, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Wagster,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gibson County.


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