Officer Redden George Purdie

Officer Redden George Purdie

Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1911

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Redden George Purdie

Officer Redden Purdie and Officer Charles Henry were shot and killed by a suspect they had arrested earlier in the day for drunk and disorderly conduct.

After posting bail the man swore vengeance on the officers who arrested him. Later that night he ambushed the officers and killed them both.

Officer Purdie was survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, his brothers, sister, nephews, and nieces.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

ambush, revenge

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Within three months between October 1911 and February 1912 Bedford County, Tennessee experienced the deaths of three law enforcement officers. Officers Redin G. Purdie and Charles A. Henry were murdered in cold blood by a drunk, good for nothing, seeking revenge for an earlier arrest. Additionally, in February 1912 three other drunken assailants threw railroad Detective Squire W. Everson off a moving train near Bellbuckle Tn. over an argument over a whiskey bottle. As of this writing, (July 2019) I am writing a book (yet to be titled) encompassing the deaths of these three brave men. It truly was a sad time for the county and especially for the families of these three brave men.

Officer Terry L Coats
Metro Nashville Police Department

July 24, 2019

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