Deputy Sheriff Charles C. Wortham

Deputy Sheriff Charles C. Wortham

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, October 7, 1925

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Charles C. Wortham

Deputy Sheriff Charles Wortham was killed when he was struck in the head with an axe while arresting a woman on Dexter Avenue in the Hollywood section of Memphis.

After he and another deputy arrested her, the woman's husband ran from the home and struck Deputy Wortham in the head. He then grabbed the other deputy's service revolver and opened fire, killing his wife and wounding the other deputy and a neighbor.

The subject charged with Deputy Wortham's murder but was acquitted.

Deputy Wortham was a widower.


  • Age 63
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Acquitted


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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 7, 2020

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