Deputy Sheriff Ralph W. King

Deputy Sheriff Ralph W. King

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 1933

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Ralph W. King

Deputy Sheriff Ralph King succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier when he and two other deputies were ambushed while searching for a still.

Several moonshiners opened fire on the deputies as they approached the still, striking Deputy King with a shotgun blast. He was transported to a Knoxville hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Seven subjects were arrested in connection with the shooting. Two of the men were charged with murder while the others faced other charges.

Deputy King was survived by his wife, three sons, four daughter, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 10, 1933
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Arrested

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

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 12, 2020

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