Investigator William Milton Pugh

Investigator William Milton Pugh

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, November 21, 1941

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William Milton Pugh

Investigator William Pugh was shot and killed while raiding a still in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

The shooter was convicted and executed for Investigator Pugh's murder on August 14, 1943. He is the only person ever executed by the federal government in Tennessee.

The man had been previously sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Wyatt Lunsford, of the Lauderdale County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Office, on June 05, 1931. He had been paroled from that sentence on February 16, 1940.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Tennessee
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1943

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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