City Marshal Clarence D. Spence

City Marshal Clarence D. Spence

Centerville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, July 6, 1927

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Clarence D. Spence

City Marshal Clarence Spence was shot and killed while searching for a still with several Hickman County deputy sheriffs.

The group had stopped at a home for a drink of water, which was given to them by the homeowner's wife. As they left the woman fired a gun three times as a signal to the homeowner. As the officers attempted to cross a field they were confronted by the homeowner who asked if they had a warrant. Marshal Spence answered they were only crossing the field, at which point the man opened fire with a shotgun, killing him.

The man later committed suicide.

Marshal Spence was also commissioned as a deputy marshal with the United States Marshals Service and had previously served with the Hickman County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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No passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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