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Marshal Alvah H. Countiss | Monterey Police Department, Tennessee Monterey Police Department, Tennessee


Alvah H. Countiss

Monterey Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, March 19, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 60 days

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Marshal Alvah Countiss was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at the local railroad depot in the early morning hours. A citizen had notified him at his home that there was a group of young men acting rowdy at the depot.

Shortly after Marshal Countiss arrived he was shot by one of the men. The suspect was arrested several days later. He was convicted of Marshal Countiss' murder but was given a second trial on appeal. During the second trial he was convicted only of carrying a pistol and fined $50 and sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Marshal Countiss had served as the night marshal for only a few days. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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A plaque is being placed in the Monterey Depot where you gave your life. It has been almost 100 years since that day and your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Sgt. Ken Hall
Chattanooga Police Department (Retired)
April 15, 2014


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