Patrolman Samuel Houston Childress

Patrolman Samuel Houston Childress

Bristol Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, August 6, 1903

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Samuel Houston Childress

Patrolman Samuel Childress was shot and killed by a police officer from Bristol, Virginia, who was angry that Patrolman Childress would not be his partner that evening in the border town. The dispute stemmed from a previous night when the suspect officer refused to patrol with Patrolman Childress.

The officer who shot Patrolman Childress fled the scene. He remained at large for seven years before being arrested in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, in May 1910. He was extradited to Tennessee where he was subsequently sentenced to 20 years.

Patrolman Childress was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 110th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 1, 2013

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