Policeman Amos Catlett

Policeman Amos Catlett

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1940

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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 (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 18, 1940

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Rest in peace Policeman Catlett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 3, 2020

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