Night Policeman Herman H. Kirby

Night Policeman Herman H. Kirby

McMinnville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1935

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Herman H. Kirby

Policeman Herman Kirby was beaten to death with his own blackjack after responding to a disturbance call at a local restaurant.

When he arrived, he encountered the suspect, a youth on furlough from a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The officer attempted to take him into custody. The youth attacked him, gained control of his blackjack, and severely beat him. Policeman Kirby succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

The suspect turned himself in 3 days later and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Policeman Kirby had previously served as a guard at the Tennessee State Prison. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Blackjack
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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

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

September 14, 2020

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