Deputy Sheriff John Ulysses Swafford

Deputy Sheriff John Ulysses Swafford

Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 1929

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John Ulysses Swafford

Deputy Sheriff John 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

alcohol violation

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Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 19, 2020

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