Patrolman Daniel Summitt

Patrolman Daniel Summitt

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 1899

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Daniel Summitt

Patrolman Summitt was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was causing a disturbance in front of grocery store on Lischey Avenue. Patrolman Summitt advised the man to quiet down or he would have to be arrested. The man responded that no officer could arrest him.

The man then produced a pistol. In an effort to disarm him, Patrolman Summitt began to struggle with the man. The suspect fired three shots, mortally wounding Patrolman Summitt. Patrolman Summitt succumbed to his wounds shortly after midnight. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He was tried and acquitted.

Patrolman Summitt was survived by his wife and five children. He was a Civil War Confederate private with the 2nd Tennessee Calvary, Company A.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 29, 1899
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace Patrolman Summitt. Related to basketball Coach Pat Summitt?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 30, 2020

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