Deputy Sheriff Ben McCullough

Deputy Sheriff Ben McCullough

Coffee County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, August 10, 1935

Ben McCullough

Deputy McCullough was shot and killed by a prisoner on a chain gang during an escape attempt. The prisoner had been sentenced to nine days for stealing corn. The chain gang was passing the suspect's home when the suspect asked to be allowed to go inside and change. The request was granted and the suspect went into the home but emerged with a gun and opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy McCullough.

The suspect fled the scene with Deputy McCullough's gun but was arrested at a later date and charged with murder.

Deputy McCullough was survived by his wife and twelve children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder

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My respect for you sir. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice for the people of TN, my second home. My condolence to the family.

Special Agent (former PRPD Agent #31069)

August 10, 2015

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