Deputy Sheriff Orville Amos Moss

Deputy Sheriff Orville Amos Moss

Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, April 22, 1930

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Orville Amos Moss

Deputy Amos Moss was shot and killed as he, another deputy, and a federal prohibition agent, attempted to arrest four suspects near Gainesboro, in Jackson County who were operating a liquor still.

The suspects fled in a car that the officers stopped. As they approached the car they were fired upon. Deputy Moss was killed at the scene and the other deputy suffered serious wounds.

Three of the occupants was arrested at the scene and other was arrested the following day. All four were tried and acquitted.

Deputy Moss was the father of five children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Moss,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Putnam County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 22, 2020

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