Sheriff John M. Benton

Sheriff John M. Benton

Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, September 28, 1941

John M. Benton

Sheriff John Benton was shot and killed near the Watts Bar Dam while attempting to arrest a man for public drunkenness at a local dance hall shortly before midnight.

The man, who was a laborer building the nearby dam for the Tennessee Valley Authority, resisted arrest and was fatally shot by Sheriff Benton. Moments later the man's son shot and killed Sheriff Benton. The son then took his father's body and fled back to their home where he was arrested by two state highway patrolmen several hours later. A second man was arrested and charged in connection with Sheriff Benton's murder.

Sheriff Benton was survived by his wife.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Arrested

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Rest In Peace Brother. On this day the 76th anniversary of your EOW you are not forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

September 28, 2017

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