Deputy Sheriff John U. Swafford

Deputy Sheriff John U. Swafford

Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 1929

John U. Swafford

Deputy Swafford was shot and killed while he and several other deputies raided a still 15 miles south of Pikeville. During the raid one of the suspects opened fire, mortally wounding Deputy Swafford. Other deputies returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputy Swafford was survived by his father, who served as sheriff and was present during the raid.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff John U. Swafford will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

April 11, 2018

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