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Policeman Amos Catlett | Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee


Amos Catlett

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 5/18/1940

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Policeman Amos Catlett died of injuries sustained when he was accidentally shot while inspecting a firearm.

On May 18, 1940 Policeman Catlett was asked to inspect and demonstrate the difference between a .32 caliber regular and .32 caliber special pistol for a citizen. As Policeman Catlett was inspecting one of the pistols, it accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg.

Policeman Catlett was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his wound. During his stay at the hospital, Policeman Catlett developed a blood infection and died as a result on June 6, 1940.

Policeman Catlett served with the Knoxville Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and five young children.

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Officer Catlett,
On today, the 77th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knoxville.


United States Border Patrol
June 3, 2017


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