Deputy Sheriff William Robert McKamey

Deputy Sheriff William Robert McKamey

Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, December 4, 1904

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William Robert McKamey

Deputy Sheriff William McKamey was shot and killed in front of his home near the Dossett railroad tunnel while attempting to arrest a neighbor who had shot a dog.

Deputy McKamey was at his home when he heard a gunshot and rushed outside where he observed the man placing a pistol into his pocket after having shot the dog. Deputy McKamey attempted to place the man under arrest for carrying a deadly weapon, but the man resisted and shot him. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy McKamey returned fire and killed the subject.

Deputy McKamey was survived by his wife, who witnessed the shooting, child, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

animal abuse, at home, off duty, weapons violation

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When I was a young girl my grandmother told me her father was a Deputy Sheriff in Anderson County Tennessee his name was William Robert McKamey. On December 4, 1904 he had just returned home from work when he heard gun shots in the near distance. When he went to investigate he found that one of his neighbors had shot a dog. He was about to arrest the man when the man pulled a gun and shot my grandmother’s father. My grandmother remarked that he stood by a tree and actually scraped the bark from it as he shot and killed the other man.
Grandma went on to say that she heard the shots and climbed onto a mule that the family owned and rode to the place where her father lay dying. She said that she put his head onto her lap and wiped the blood from his mouth with her apron. In just a few seconds he died.

Jerrie Taylor-Kelly
Great Granddaughter

March 7, 2021

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