Patrolman Edward L. Broadfoot

Patrolman Edward L. Broadfoot

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, February 23, 1918

Edward L. Broadfoot

Patrolman Edward Broadfoot was shot and killed while conducting a check of a cafe at 546 Main Street.

The officers had received information that there were bootleggers operating out of the Preferencia cafe. When Patrolman Broadfoot and his partner entered the cafe, they observed three suspicious men seated in the back of the room with a suit case on the floor next to them.

As they approached the men, one man stood and walked towards the exit. Patrolman Broadfoot's partner stopped that suspect and questioned him. Patrolman Broadfoot continued to walk to the remaining two suspects. As he approached, one suspect stood and drew a gun from his belt and opened fire, killing Patrolman Broadfoot.

Patrolman Broadfoot's partner returned fire, killing one suspect before he was wounded, but the other two suspects escaped. In April of 1919, a suspect closely fitting the description of one of the suspects shot and killed Patrolman A.L. White when Patrolman White showed up at his house to arrest him for an unrelated bicycle theft.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One killed; Two escaped

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Officer Broadfoot had a wife named Mollie, a young son and was 36 years old at the time of his death. He is buried in Forrest Hill Cemetery in Memphis. He lost his life in the line of duty serving the people of the City of Memphis as a police officer. The suspect who took his life escaped that day. But, I believe he probably met his fate on another day in the same manner. He was never apprehended. Rest in Peace Officer Broadfoot.


September 12, 2014

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