Deputy Sheriff Edward N. Griffitts

Deputy Sheriff Edward N. Griffitts

Loudon County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 26, 1903

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Edward N. Griffitts

Deputy Sheriff Griffitts was shot and killed when he and another deputy went to arrest a man on a warrant for lewdness.

The two deputies went to a barn in Unitia, Tennessee, to arrest the suspect. When they arrived, they found the suspect and a woman on the second level of the barn. When Deputy Griffitts told the suspect he was under arrest, the suspect drew a large caliber handgun and opened fire. He struck Deputy Griffitts in the chest, killing him. A second shot struck the other deputy in the hip, seriously wounding him.

The 50-year-old suspect fled but was captured by a posse led by the Sheriff of Loudon County. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years. He was pardoned on February 22nd, 1910, by Governor Malcolm R. Patterson.

Deputy Griffitts was survived by his father, brother, and fiancée.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Pardoned in 1910

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Deputy Sheriff Griffitts,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Loudon County.


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September 26, 2023

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