Special Deputy Sheriff Allen Dean

Special Deputy Sheriff Allen Dean

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, August 20, 1921

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Allen Dean

Special Deputy Sheriff Allen Dean was shot and fatally wounded, and Special Deputy Charles Watson was shot and killed in a gun battle with two moonshiners at the Kesselburg Bridge on the Notla River.

A third deputy was seriously wounded. Deputy Dean succumbed to his wounds two days later at a hospital in Polk County, Tennessee.

The suspects, thought to have been shot and seriously wounded, escaped. The men were apprehended in Texas six months later. Both were convicted of second-degree murder. One suspect was sentenced to seven years and the other to six years.

He was survived by his wife, three daughters, and five sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 18, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to seven years

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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RIP Special Deputy Sheriff Allen Dean.

Retired Martin Barros
Coral Gables Police Department

March 26, 2024

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