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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

If your killer had only served a sentence of more than eight years for killing Deputy Lunsford, he would have not been able to murder you. How unjust!
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 21, 2011

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