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Sheriff Samuel Lewis | McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Sheriff

Samuel Lewis

McNairy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 31, 1867

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Lewis was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance at a local polling station. Tennessee's governor had sent the militia to the various polling stations in an attempt to control the polls in his favor. As a result, riots broke out around the state, including at the polling station in the town of Purdy.

The local citizens called Sheriff Lewis to the location and as he attempted to bring the two groups to peace shots were fired. Sheriff Lewis, who was caught in the middle, received fatal wounds.

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Chief Marshal Randy Ford, Ret.
Green Mt Falls, CO
July 31, 2017

 

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