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 at home in Hales Point, 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 5, 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

alcohol violation, search warrant, warrant service

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Investigator Pugh,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country- not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during WW I as a member of the 30th “Old Hickory” Division.


United States Border Patrol

November 21, 2021

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