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.

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 was arrested, charged with murder, and acquitted of Deputy Wortham's murder.

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 Brother Charles, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham (retired)
Sand Springs OK PD

August 18, 2014

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