Patrolman John M. Fenton

Patrolman John M. Fenton

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, December 31, 1867

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John M. Fenton

Patrolman John Fenton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier when he attempted to remove three intoxicated men who were causing a disturbance from a saloon on Main Street near Overton Avenue.

Patrolman Fenton asked all three men to leave, and they complied. While outside the saloon one of the suspects attacked Patrolman Fenton, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then drew a pistol and fired, missing Patrolman Fenton, but striking a young boy standing nearby, killing him. Patrolman Fenton returned fire striking the suspect in the arm, but the suspect was able to fire again, striking Patrolman Fenton in the chest.

Patrolman Fenton was taken to his home where he died six days later from his wound.

The killer was executed on August 20, 1869.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 25, 1867
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available


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Thank you for your service to this community. May you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten!

Lauren W.
Wife of a DeSoto County Officer

June 8, 2010

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