Deputy Sheriff Murphy Allen Potter

Deputy Sheriff Murphy Allen Potter

Carter County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1927

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Murphy Allen Potter

Deputy Sheriff Murphy Potter was shot and killed on Buck Mountain while investigating the sounds of gunfire at about 5:30 pm.

He and several other officers were on the mountain when they heard the shots. A short time later the officers encountered a group of young men, including one of Deputy Potter's nephews. The men in the group denied having fired any shots but Deputy Potter remained unconvinced. As he started searching his nephew, the man produced a pistol and fatally shot him.

His nephew was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to one year in prison.

Deputy Potter also served as a forest guard in the Unaka National Forest, which later became the Pisgah National Forest. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to one year

weapons violation

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Rest in peace Mr potter

Carson loveless

February 6, 2024

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