Chief Deputy Sheriff Leonard Paul Taylor

Chief Deputy Sheriff Leonard Paul Taylor

McNairy County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 11, 1959

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Leonard Paul Taylor

Chief Deputy Sheriff Leonard Taylor and Deputy Sheriff Oran Blasingame were killed in a vehicle crash on US Highway 64 six miles west of Selmer.

Chief Deputy Taylor and Deputy Blasingame were passengers in a vehicle being driven by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent en route to Memphis to interview two juveniles suspected in being in a series of burglaries in the county. Their car struck a logging truck that made a left turn in front of them.

A citizen that they were going to drop off at a Memphis hospital was also killed in the crash.

Chief Deputy Taylor was a WWII veteran and had served with the McNairy County Sheriff's Office for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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