Constable Eugene Lynch

Constable Eugene Lynch

Hamilton County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, March 7, 1895

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Eugene Lynch

Constable Eugene Lynch succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier when he was ambushed by an escaped prisoner.

Constable Lynch had arrested the man and a female acquaintance the previous day on a warrant charging them with assaulting the man's father. Later in the evening, after the arrest, the male subject was able to escape from Constable Lynch's custody.

The following day Constable Lynch was escorting the female prisoner to the local depot. As they crossed a railroad trestle the male subject opened fire from a hiding spot in some nearby bushes, striking Constable Lynch in the abdomen with a shotgun blast.

Constable Lynch's condition deteriorated until he died days later on March 7, 1895. Both suspects were arrested in Georgia the day after Constable Lynch's death and returned to Hamilton County to face charges. The suspect who shot Constable Lynch was sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison,

Constable Lynch was survived by his wife, five children, parents, brother and other family members.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years, 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 4, 1895
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

ambush, escapee

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Constable Lynch,
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 Hamilton County.


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March 7, 2020

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