Patrolman Edward T. Broadfoot

Patrolman Edward T. Broadfoot

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, February 23, 1918

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Edward T. Broadfoot

Patrolman Edward Broadfoot was shot and killed while conducting a check of a cafe at 546 Main Street.

The officers had received information that there were bootleggers operating out of the Preferencia cafe. When Patrolman Broadfoot and his partner entered the cafe, they observed three suspicious men seated in the back of the room with a suitcase on the floor next to them.

As they approached the men, one man stood and walked towards the exit. Patrolman Broadfoot's partner stopped that suspect and questioned him. Patrolman Broadfoot continued to walk to the remaining two suspects. As he approached, the one suspect stood and drew a gun from his belt and opened fire, killing Patrolman Broadfoot.

Patrolman Broadfoot's partner returned fire, killing one suspect before he was wounded, but the other two suspects escaped.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One killed; Two escaped

alcohol violation

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Rest in peace Officer Broadfoot.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 2021

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