Deputy Sheriff Chester A. Doyle

Deputy Sheriff Chester A. Doyle

Tipton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 1937

Chester A. Doyle

Deputy Chester Doyle was shot twice in the back and killed as he and other officers raided the back room of a cafe where an illegal dice game was being held. Deputy Doyle managed to return fire killing one man and wounding another. A third man was arrested and charged with his murder.

Due to the threat of mob violence, the Tipton County Sheriff had the suspect transferred to the Memphis City Jail for safekeeping. A month later he was returning with the suspect when six armed men forced his car off the road eight miles from Covington and seized his prisoner. The suspect's bullet riddled body was found hours later face down in a creek with a rope around his neck.

Deputy Doyle had served with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office for nine years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Lynched

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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 76th 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 11, 2013

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