Officer Redden George Purdy

Officer Redden George Purdy

Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1911

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Redden George Purdy

Officer Redden Purdy 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. The suspect was apprehended two months later, convicted of two counts of murder, and sentenced to 40 years.

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 Sentenced to 40 years

ambush, revenge

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 31, 2020

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