Deputy Sheriff Henry B. Wagster

Deputy Sheriff Henry B. Wagster

Gibson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 1915

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Henry B. Wagster

Deputy Sheriff Henry Wagster and Constable Pinkney Knox were shot and killed near Dyer, Tennessee, while attempting to arrest an escapee from the county workhouse.

The subject had been at large for several days. As the officer, along with a third officer, searched the Dyer area they came across the subject hiding behind a tree. The man opened fire with a Winchester rifle, killing Deputy Wagster and seriously wounding Constable Knox. The subject fled the scene but was arrested a short time later after being shot multiple times by members of a posse. The subject's wounds resulted in the amputation of one of his arms.

The subject and his mother were both charged with Deputy Wagster's murder. Mistrials were the result of their first and second trial in April and December of 1915. In April of 1916 the subject was convicted of second degree murder. Charges against his mother were dismissed.

Constable Knox's health continued to deteriorate and he died as a result of his injuries on December 18th, 1915.

Deputy Wagster was survived by his wife.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Wagster,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gibson County.


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February 9, 2016

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