Deputy Sheriff Thomas Melvin Ball

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Melvin Ball

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, June 28, 1942

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Thomas Melvin Ball

Deputy Ball was killed when he was struck in the head with a scale weight as he and two other deputies broke up a disturbance involving five juveniles at a general store.

The other deputies were placing two of the juveniles into a patrol car when another one struck Deputy Ball in the head. Deputy Ball was taken to a local hospital where he died the following day.

All five juveniles were charged with felonious assault.

Deputy Ball was a WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, three brothers, and sister.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 27, 1942
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, 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)

June 28, 2020

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