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Deputy Sheriff Ralph W. King | Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Ralph W. King

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/10/1933

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Arrested

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Deputy Sheriff Ralph King succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he and two other deputies were ambushed while searching for a still.

Several moonshiners opened fire on the deputies as they approached the still, striking Deputy King with a shotgun blast. He was transported to a Knoxville hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Seven subjects were arrested in connection with the shooting. Two of the men were charged with murder while the others faced other charges.

Deputy King was survived by his wife, three sons, four daughter, brother, and two sisters.

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May Deputy's Ralph King soul rest in peace. Thank you for your service to the people of Knox County.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop "D"
June 2, 2013


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