Patrolman Robert Burns Sandefur

Patrolman Robert Burns Sandefur

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, July 3, 1943

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Robert Burns Sandefur

Patrolman Sandefur was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call. As they approached the home the suspect fired a shotgun through the door, striking Patrolman Sandefur in the torso, killing him. The suspect was shot and wounded by Patrolman Sandefur's partner and taken into custody.

The suspect plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison October 5, 1943.

Patrolman Sandefur was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 3, 2020

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