Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Cloud

Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Cloud

Claiborne County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, August 29, 1898

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Nathaniel Cloud

Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Cloud was shot and killed in New Tazewell when the friend of a man he was attempting to arrest produced a gun and opened fire, killing him and a bystander.

The suspect, 20, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on June 27th, 1899. He was sentenced to death but one year later had his sentence comutted to life. His friend was convicted of complicity in the murder and sentenced to 20 years. In February of 1899 both received new trials. Sheriff Cloud's killer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years. His friend was sentenced to two years. In 1911 Sheriff Cloud's killer was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 10 years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years


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Deputy Sheriff Cloud,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Claiborne County.


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August 29, 2023

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