Deputy Sheriff Claude Spergen Gentry

Deputy Sheriff Claude Spergen Gentry

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, October 2, 1929

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Claude Spergen Gentry

Deputy Sheriff Claude Gentry succumbed to stab wounds sustained four days earlier when he attempted to separate two brothers who were fighting and causing a disturbance on Main Street in Woodfin.

As he tried to stop the fight both brothers attacked him with knives and brass knuckles. Deputy Gentry was slashed across the abdomen numerous times and sustained serious wounds. He was taken to Mission Hospital where he died four days later.

The brother who stabbed Deputy Gentry was convicted of murder and sentenced to six to 10 years in prison. He was paroled two years later.

Deputy Gentry was survived by his wife, father, and siblings.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 28, 1929
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Paroled in 1931

disturbance, domestic

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