Deputy Sheriff John H. Stoots

Deputy Sheriff John H. Stoots

Haywood County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1932

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John H. Stoots

Deputy Sheriff John Stoots was shot and killed as he and the sheriff attempted to arrest an escaped prisoner at a 3,000-acre farm near Brownsville operated by a notorious bootlegger.

The bootlegger confronted the officers and opened fire with a shotgun, wounding the sheriff and killing Deputy Stoots. The man fled but was later arrested. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Deputy Stoots was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 6, 1932
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Sheriff Stoots,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Haywood County.


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January 7, 2022

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