Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Enoch Vaughn

Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Enoch Vaughn

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1953

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Samuel Enoch Vaughn

Deputy Marshal Samuel Vaughn was killed in Bartow County, Georgia, while transporting two prisoners from Tennessee to the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. Three days earlier both were convicted of interstate auto theft and sentenced to 5 years each.

The two prisoners were some how able to overpower Deputy Marshal Vaughn and his partner. At some point the suspects shot Deputy Marshal Vaughn several times and left his body on the side of U.S. 41, near Adairsville, in front of the home of a farmer, who witnessed the incident. They held the other deputy marshal as a hostage as they continued to flee. A few minutes later they set their hostage free and abandoned the car near Adairsville. Four days later the suspects, 25 and 31, were apprehended by several National Guardsmen, officers, and FBI Agents. Both were convicted of murder. One was sentenced to life and the youngest, who shot and killed Marshal Vaughn, was sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life and in 1955 he was sent to Alcatraz.

Deputy Marshal Vaughan had served in several law enforcement positions in his 20-year career.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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So very proud of you. Heard so much about you from Grandpa before he passed. I am honored to be your great granddaughter. RIP

Kristla Vaughn

September 11, 2020

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