Patrolman Robert T. Frazier

Patrolman Robert T. Frazier

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, April 30, 1875

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Robert T. Frazier

Patrolman Frazier was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for beating his wife on Whiteside Street. When he told the man he would have to accompany him to the workhouse the man refused to go. When Patrolman Frazier again told him he was under arrest the man pulled a small pistol from his pocket and shot Patrolman Frazier, killing him.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested several minutes later by other officers who had responded to the scene. That night an angry mob broke into the jail; seized the suspect; placed a rope around his neck; and hanged him from a nearby suspension bridge. The rope broke and he was killed when he hit the rocks 90 feet below.

Patrolman Frazier was survived by his wife.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Lynched

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God bless Patrolman Frazier for attempting the arrest alone, in the heat of the Domestic Violence.

Mob Justice indeed. In my opinion the subject should have had his day in court, swiftly, and hung at the gallows at downtown Nashville.

I hope Nashville and the state of Tennessee was able to provide for the widow.

Border Patrol Agent Robert Victor
US Border Patrol, Douglas, Arizona

December 29, 2014

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