Deputy Sheriff Harkless Grundy Kirby

Deputy Sheriff Harkless Grundy Kirby

White County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, December 24, 1931

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Harkless Grundy Kirby

Deputy Kirby was shot and killed as he and another deputy destroyed distilling equipment after raiding a still. The two deputies were ambushed and fired upon and Deputy Kirby was killed.

The suspects were arrested and sentenced to 10 years at hard labor.

Deputy Kirby had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Sheriff Kirby,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of White County.


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December 24, 2021

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