Constable Zebulon "Zeb" Winters

Constable Zebulon "Zeb" Winters

Avery County Constable's Office - Elk Park Precinct, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, August 5, 1912

Zebulon "Zeb" Winters

Constable Zeb Winters was shot and killed from ambush while en route to investigate a possible murder on Elk River Road near the falls.

Two brothers who were suspected of the murder learned that Constable Winters was going to the scene to examine the body and they setup an ambush at a nearby sawmill. As Constable Winters approached on his horse the suspects opened fire from behind a stack of wood, fatally wounding him.

One subject was arrested and convicted of Constable Winters' murder. His brother was not convicted due to lack of evidence.

Constable Winters had only served with the Avery County Constable's Office for approximately six months. He was survived by his wife, three children, mother, and six brothers. Close to one dozen men who were descendants of Constable Winters served in law enforcement in Avery County, North Carolina and Carter County, Tennessee in the decades after his murder.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Convicted

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I always wondered why I had such a strong urge to be in Law Enforcement. One of his Siblings was my Great-Great Grandfather George Clayton Winters. I just found out that I have just been carrying on a family tradition. I hope he knows that the proud tradition has now carried on for 106 years since his death to, my son, his Great-Great-Great Grand Nephew.

Rest in Peace Sir.

Officer Robert L. Henderson
Memphis Police Department (Tennessee) / Great-Great Grand Nephew

November 1, 2018

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