Deputy Sheriff Langford A. Hennessey

Deputy Sheriff Langford A. Hennessey

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1927

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Langford A. Hennessey

Deputy Langford Hennessey, Sheriff Wash Coppinger, and Deputy James Conner were shot and killed in a shootout with members of the South Pittsburgh Police Department who held a grudge against the sheriff.

The city's night marshal was the former sheriff who had lost his re-election bid against Sheriff Coppinger. The night marshal had appointed a man who had been arrested by Sheriff Coppinger as a deputy marshal.

During a labor strike at a local factory the night marshal and his officers supported the non-union workers who were not striking and harassed striking workers.

A county deputy witnessed the officers holding a union member at gunpoint and approached them. The city officers then held the deputy at gunpoint before dispersing. The deputy immediately notified Sheriff Coppinger, who responded to the scene with Deputy L.B. Hennessey, Deputy James Conner, and his son, who was also a deputy.

The sheriff and deputies confronted the officers and attempted to resolve the situation peacefully by offering to discuss it with the mayor. The sheriff then informed one of the officers he would have to be arrested for pointing the gun at the deputy.

One of the officers then opened fire with a shotgun. During the ensuing shootout Sheriff Coppinger and Deputy L.B. Hennessey were killed, along with the city night marshal, his deputy, and a special officer who worked at the local factory. Deputy James Conner, who also served as the South Pittsburgh police chief, suffered a fatal shotgun blast and died the following day.

Sheriff Coppinger was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I was saddened to see that Christmas Day is the eow for so many, many officers. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011

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