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Deputy Sheriff Milton Otis Loftis | Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Milton Otis Loftis

Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, September 23, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/19/1934

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Loftis was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to serve a warrant. They were attempting to locate the wanted man and went to a nearby home to ask where the man lived. When Deputy Loftis knocked on the door and announced himself the resident inside fired a 12 gauge shotgun through the door, striking Deputy Loftis. Deputy Loftis was taken to a nearby hospital where he died four days later. The suspect turned himself in the next day and was charged with murder.

The suspect said he thought it was someone else at the door who had threatened him earlier. A jury found him not guilty of murder.

Deputy Loftis had been with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his wife, four children, mother and six siblings.

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We will continue to honor your sacrifice to the citizens of Putnam County. RIP Brother.

Deputy Fred Parker
Putnam County Sheriff's Dept., TN.
September 27, 2016


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