Sheriff Sampson D. Queener

Sheriff Sampson D. Queener

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1858

Sampson D. Queener

Sheriff Sampson Queener and Deputy Travis Gibson were stabbed to death while attempting to arrest two men accused of passing a counterfeit bill.

As Sheriff Queener told one of the men he was under arrest, the other man turned and shot the sheriff. Despite being wounded, Sheriff Queener jumped off his horse and knocked the man down. Deputy Gibson attempted to subdue the other man but was stabbed in the neck. As Sheriff Queener attempted to come to the deputy's aid he was also fatally stabbed.

Both suspects fled the scene but were apprehended a month later in another state and extradited back to Campbell County to stand trial. Both were executed by hanging in 1859.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Apprehended

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 155th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2013

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