Emergency Patrolman Presley Thornton Fleet

Emergency Patrolman Presley Thornton Fleet

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, November 3, 1921

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Presley Thornton Fleet

Emergency Patrolman P.T. Fleet was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect at Carolina Avenue and Kansas Street.

He and three other officers were sent to a home at 675 Kansas Street to arrest a man who had shot and killed his wife earlier in the day. When they arrived the suspect fled out the back door, and the officers pursued him into the nearby Frisco Railroad yards.

The officers spread out and began to search for the suspect. As Patrolman Fleet came around the corner of a boxcar he met the suspect face to face. The suspect fired, hitting Patrolman Fleet in the chest. As the suspect fired the fatal shots at Patrolman Fleet, Patrolman W.R. Bridges rounded the corner and emptied his gun into the suspect, killing him. Patrolman Fleet was rushed to Saint Joseph's Hospital but died en route.

Patrolman Bridges was shot and killed in the line of duty seven years later while attempting to make an arrest.

Patrolman Fleet served with the Memphis Police Department for less than two years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 1 year, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, murder suspect, warrant service

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Patrolman Fleet,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis.


United States Border Patrol

November 3, 2021

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