Special Deputy Lee S. Eldreth

Special Deputy Lee S. Eldreth

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, December 25, 1907

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Lee S. Eldreth

Special Deputy Lee Eldreth was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had broken into the post office in Harris, Tennessee.

A warrant for the man's arrest was placed in the hands of a regular deputy, who deputized Mr. Eldreth to assist him.

As Deputy Eldreth and the other deputy approached the man, the suspect suddenly leveled a shotgun at them and opened fire, killing Deputy Eldreth. The 23-year-old suspect was captured two days later near Abingdon, Virginia.

Deputy Eldreth was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

burglary, warrant

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I was saddened to see that Christmas Day is the eow for so many, many officers. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011

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