Deputy Sheriff Berry Lay

Deputy Sheriff Berry Lay

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, April 27, 1931

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Berry Lay

Deputy Sheriff Berry Lay succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day following the raid of a still.

As he passed the home of the individuals who owned the still an altercation occurred in which he was shot in the knee with a shotgun. One of the two subjects who attacked him then took his service revolver and shot him in the chest twice, fatally wounding him. He was taken Howard-Henderson Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Deputy Lay was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 26, 1931
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Sheriff Lay,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Campbell County.


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April 27, 2021

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