Patrolman W. Stith Tucker

Patrolman W. Stith Tucker

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, May 5, 1860

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W. Stith Tucker

Patrolman Tucker died of stab wounds when he attempted to arrest a wanted fugitive.

Patrolman Tucker was assigned to duty at a horse race track. After the races ended, Patrolman Tucker was watching the spectators and employees leave the ground when he observed a wanted fugitive. Patrolman Tucker approached the suspect and attempted to arrest him. As Patrolman Tucker attempted to take the suspect into custody, a second man appeared and stabbed Patrolman Tucker in the head.

Patrolman Tucker died five days later from his wound.

Patrolman Tucker had served with the Memphis Police Department for seven years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Monday, April 30, 1860
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt, fugitive

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Patrolman Tucker,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis.


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May 5, 2020

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