Deputy Sheriff Ezra Edd Slaven

Deputy Sheriff Ezra Edd Slaven

Fentress County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, May 14, 1940

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Ezra Edd Slaven

Deputy Sheriff Ed Slaven and Sheriff Horace Taylor were shot and killed as they attempted to arrest a drunk miner for making a disturbance in Zenith, Tennessee.

Deputy Slaven was the mine foreman and had requested Sheriff Taylor come to the mine to help arrest the man. After shooting Sheriff Taylor the man hid behind several coal cars on a railroad siding. Deputy Slaven was shot as he attempted to subdue him by the coal cars.

A posse shot and killed the man after a short standoff.

Sheriff Taylor died the following day.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Deputy Sheriff Slaven,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Sheriff for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fentress County.


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May 14, 2020

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