Policeman Amos Catlett

Policeman Amos Catlett

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1940

Amos Catlett

Policeman Amos Catlett died of injuries sustained when he was accidentally shot while inspecting a firearm.

On May 18, 1940 Policeman Catlett was asked to inspect and demonstrate the difference between a .32 caliber regular and .32 caliber special pistol for a citizen. As Policeman Catlett was inspecting one of the pistols, it accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg.

Policeman Catlett was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his wound. During his stay at the hospital, Policeman Catlett developed a blood infection and died as a result on June 6, 1940.

Policeman Catlett served with the Knoxville Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and five young children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 18, 1940

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Officer Catlett,
On today, the 77th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knoxville.


United States Border Patrol

June 3, 2017

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