Sheriff Milton Harvey Stephens

Sheriff Milton Harvey Stephens

Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, June 27, 1919

Milton Harvey Stephens

Sheriff Stephens was shot and killed by two horse thieves he had arrested and was taking to jail. The two had been arrested in Nolansville and were held there until the arrival of Sheriff Stephens.

The sheriff and the two men left Nolansville to return to the jail in Franklin but never arrived. Sheriff Stephens' body was found on the Wilson Pike the next morning suffering from gunshot wounds. It is believe that the suspects disarmed Sheriff Stephens of his pistol and rifle and shot him. They then stole the weapons and buggy.

Sheriff Stephens had been elected to the position the previous year.


  • Age 76
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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98 years ago today you gave your life serving Williamson County. RIP Sheriff.

Deputy J. Goodwin
Williamson County Sheriffs Office

June 27, 2017

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