Deputy Sheriff Emerson Shelton

Deputy Sheriff Emerson Shelton

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, September 24, 1972

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Emerson Shelton

Deputy Shelton and Constable Beauford Rader were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car that was fleeing Greenville Police Department officers. Deputy Shelton and Constable Rader were performing administrative duties and were not involved in the pursuit when the the suspect vehicle ran a red light and struck their car. The occupants of the suspect vehicle were apprehended at the scene.

Deputy Shelton had been with the agency for six years.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Shelton,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Greene County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 24, 2022

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