Deputy Sheriff Elmer T. Singleton

Deputy Sheriff Elmer T. Singleton

Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, September 13, 1968

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Elmer T. Singleton

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Singleton was shot and killed by an intoxicated man when he and three other deputies stopped to render aid to a woman who was calling for assistance. The man opened fire on the four deputies, striking Deputy Singleton in the chest and leg. Deputies returned fire hitting the suspect in the hand, abdomen, back, and chest. Deputy Singleton was taken to a local hospital where he died two weeks later. The suspect, 26, was hospitalized in fair condition.

Deputy Singleton had served with the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife, four children, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 31, 1968
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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