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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You may not have served long, but you served nonetheless. Your service and sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten, not even as a century passed were you forgotten by the SCSO ( and the world! ) May you rest in peace, Brother.

Wyatt Peters

April 30, 2021

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