Deputy Sheriff Allen Richard Lipford

Deputy Sheriff Allen Richard Lipford

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, December 11, 1991

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Allen Richard Lipford

Deputy Lipford was shot and mortally wounded by a felon as he escaped from the county jail after overpowering two other deputies and taking one's service revolver. The 24-year-old suspect was found the next day hiding under a pile of leaves in Shady Valley. Deputy Lipford was transported to a hospital in nearby Boone, North Carolina, where he later died.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1993 he had 25 years added to his sentence for a conviction of crimes ranging from theft to armed robbery. He has a parole hearing in November, 2022.

Deputy Lipford is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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When I started typing this it was still December 11th. Its just hard to find the right words.
29 years since that horrific morning ...29 years, like a vapor have disappeared but I know some hearts and minds are filled with those memories, fresh as if it was the day after.
The absolute hero that gives their all, should forever be engraved on our hearts and on our minds. Allen will be, because he is the absolute hero and he did give his all to Johnson County, Tennessee.
In memory, honor, respect and thankfulness, on this night, a blue light shines in Sink Valley for a hero.

Tonya Proffitt

December 12, 2020

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