Constable Thomas Jefferson York

Constable Thomas Jefferson York

Fentress County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, May 7, 1972

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Thomas Jefferson York

Constable Thomas York was shot and killed while investigating an accident on U.S. Highway 127 near Jamestown, Tennessee. A man notified Constable York of the accident while the constable was at home in bed. Constable York met the man and began to drive to the accident scene when some sort of trouble started between the two men.

Constable York stopped the car and both men began to struggle on the side of the road. Constable York shot the suspect three times but the man was able to gain control of Constable York's service weapon and shot him in the head, killing him. The suspect also succumbed to his wounds at the scene of the shooting.

Constable York was the son of U.S. Army Sergeant Alvin C. York, the famous American hero of World War I. He had served in the US Air Force and was survived by his wife and four children. He is buried in Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Fentress County, Tennessee.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer York is buried in family graveyard [Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Tennessee]
In memory of a earlier Frentress County Officer who gave his life in the line of duty
Acting Constable James Reed killed August 12, 1858
Cause of death:Stabbed
Officer was killed and two other men were wounded by the suspect.
Suspect status: Not tried for this crime but was hanged OCtober 20,1865 on a charge of over 50 killings during the Civil War 1861-1865 [Suspect claimed true number was nearly 100]
ref:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_Ferguson

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May 17, 2019

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