Constable Ben L. Northern

Constable Ben L. Northern

Wilson County District Four Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, September 4, 1932

Ben L. Northern

Constable Northern and Deputy Constable Millard Brown were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a youth who had been involved in a fight with another youth. When they arrived the youth's home they encountered him sitting on the porch holding a shotgun. The boy complied with their order to put down the weapon. As Constable Northern bent down to pick up the shotgun someone inside of the home shot him with another shotgun.

The original suspect attempted to flee but was caught by Deputy Constable Brown. As they started walking back towards the home Deputy Constable Brown was also shot and killed.

Constable Northern's son, who had accompanied them, ran to notify the county sheriff and a deputy. The sheriff responded to the scene and arrested the youth and two suspects who shot both men.

The suspects, ages 17 and 51, admitted that they shot both officers. Both were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The youth they were attempting to arrest was sentenced to 25 years. After a second trial in August of 1933, the 51-year-old suspect was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and the youth sentenced to 25 years was acquitted.

Constable Northern had served as the elected constable of District Four for 2 years. He was murdered 2 hours before his term expired. He was survived by his wife, son, father, and four brothers.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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