City Marshal Dave Yates

City Marshal Dave Yates

Union City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, December 4, 1922

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Dave Yates

City Marshal Dave Yates was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire. He stopped two men he saw to ask them about the shots.

One of the men, who was drunk along with the other, produced a gun and shot Marshal Yates.

The gunman was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1927 Governor Austin Peay commuted his sentence to life. The other suspect was convicted of accessory to murder and sentenced to prison.

Marshal Yates was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

DIP, shots fired call

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I just today discovered that you were a police officer and that you had fallen in the line of duty. I never had heard this story from my grandmother or anyone else in my family though her mother (my great grandmother - second marriage for both of you after you both were widowed) was married to you when you passed. Thank you for your service and for your ultimate sacrifice.

Scott Sovereign

February 11, 2021

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