Constable Samuel Claybrooks Locke

Constable Samuel Claybrooks Locke

Williamson County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1925

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Samuel Claybrooks Locke

Constable Samuel Locke was shot and killed in an ambush attack for revenge in his work to shut down illegal stills. He had been working with state and federal officers for several months to shutdown illegal stills in Williamson County. The task force he was working with had raided 73 stills in the county.

Constable Locke was killed as he arrived home on Hillsboro Road, in Franklin. He exited his car to open the gate to his driveway when he was shot several times. Five suspects were apprehended, but only was convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The suspects were seeking revenge for a raid of their still which had occurred about one week earlier.

Constable Locke was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted

ambush, at home, off duty, revenge

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Great to honor Locke. However, not at the expense of Truett who was not guilty and exonerated of all charges. Awful to defame a man over 100 years later who cannot defend himself. Cheap shot and slander. The marker and articles should reflect the facts not conjecture and sensationalized story telling. All this to sell books and lectures. Shame on Warwick. Stick to the facts.

John H Truett Jr.

July 19, 2021

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