Deputy Sheriff Ken Wright, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Ken Wright, Sr.

Bradley County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, August 22, 1971

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Ken Wright, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Ken Wright was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest.

Deputy Wright was backing up a Cleveland, Tennessee, police officer who was attempting to arrest a suspect on Broomfield Road. The suspect pulled a gun and started shooting. Deputy Wright was able to push the Cleveland police officer out of the line of fire but was shot and killed.

On March 21, 1972, the suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10 to 15 years. In 1975 his sentence was commuted to just 10 years and he was released a few months later. In 2004 was arrested on federal narcotics and firearms charges. He was convicted of those charges and returned to prison.

Deputy Wright was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder


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Deputy Sheriff Wright,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 22, 2021

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