Fallen Heroes 411

Honoring the Fallen Peace Officers
of Maury County


BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS, FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED  THE CHILDREN OF GOD.  MATTHEW 5:9                         

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Tom Crawford                                                                   Columbia Police Department                                                       

End of Watch:  Summer of 1862                                                       Age: Unknown                                                                             Death: Gunfire                                                                             Suspect Info:  Union soldiers

 Incident Details:  In the summer of 1862, after the battle of Shiloh.  Union soldiers were camped next to the river north of Columbia (today’s Riverside neighborhood) while marching their way to Nashville.   The area of E.6th St. near Woodland & Glade St. was known as the red light district during the Civil War.  When  the incident occurred about a hundred Union troops were in the area availing themselves of the charms to be found within this part of town.  W.J. Andrews, Chief of Police and city policemen, James Henderson and George B. Dodson had captured two Union infantrymen trying to loot the house of a elderly grandmother in town. 

  Andrews rode down into the soldiers wanting to turn the two marauding soldiers over to the Union army’s military provost.  He was surrounded by the soldiers with pistols in his face, accusing him of being a guerilla.  Other officers keeping watch on the roadways into town, came to Andrews aid with rifles and bayonets.  When the belligerent soldiers saw Officers Henderson and Dodson dragging  the two captured soldiers behind them they went nuts.   The soldiers charged and fired shots at the officers, Andrews galloped past yelling at the officers to save themselves.  The officers retreated and found shelter at the market house off the square on E. 7th St. and gathered their wits.  Policeman Tom Crawford complained of pain in his back and his complaints grew louder.  It was discovered that he had been shot by a pistol ball and he was treated by Dr. Frierson.  Crawford rallied for a few weeks before dying from the injury, most likely due to infection.  He was buried in an unmarked grave in Greenwood Cemetery.

There is very limited information about this incident and it comes from the writings published by the Tennessean from  W.J.Andrews of was the Chief of Police at the time of the incident.

***  Maury Co. Hist. Sketches.  By Jill Garrett ****

                    MCC                     

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Constable James Gilmer                                                 Maury County Constable

End of Watch:  October 1899                                                        Age: 27 yrs, 3 months and 7 days                                             Death:  Gunfire

Incident Details:                                                                  Constable James Gilmer along with Officers Ladd and Wiltshire were attempting to quiet a disturbance at the Tennessee Mines.  He was attempting to disarm 2 men when he was shot from behind.  No further details are available at this time.  There is a discrepancy about the exact date of his death.  One news article listed 10/14/1899 and another paper listed 10/19/1899He was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery.

 

***Information was taken from***

 “They Passed This Way” Lightfoot & Shackel Ford, Vol #2 Tennessee Maury County Death Records Pages 79,256,258.

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Deputy George Alexander Owen                                                          Maury County Sheriff's Dept.                                                                          Tennessee                                                                                                      Age:  48                                                                                                                          Tour of Duty:  Nearly 3 years                                                                                      End of Watch:  September 11,1931                                                                         Cause of Death:  Gunfire                                                                                        Incident date:  September 9, 1931                                                    Incident details:   Around 10:00 pm Deputy Owen and his friend John Workman were ambushed at the entrance of Deputy Owens farm.  Workman was killed instantly and Deputy Owen succumbed to his injuries a few days later.  It is believed that Deputy Owen was slain because of his activities against the outlaw element of the 6th and 7th  civil districts.  Deputy Owen was known as a fearless officer who had been active against the liquor sellers of this community.

 **  Information taken from The Daily Herald Newspaper 9/10,11th and 12th, 1931  **

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Deputy Nathan Eugene Fleming                                                   Maury County Sheriff's Dept.                                                                          Tennessee                                                                                                      Age:  48                                                                                                           Tour of Duty:  15 months                                                                              End of Watch:  December 23, 1932                                                            Cause of Death:  Gunfire                                                                        Incident details:  Around 7:00 pm Deputy Fleming stopped to check on a vehicle on the side of the road.  During the investigation he was shot by Somerfield Ridley who stepped out of the shadows and shot Deputy Fleming without any warning.  He died from his injuries within a few minutes.   

    Peace Officers from around the area searched for days following up on numerous leads.  On 1/1/1933 Somerfield Ridley's body was found inside a isolated corn crib in the McCain's Community.  He was unarmed and dressed in thin wet clothing without shoes and is believed to have died from exposure from the elements.   The case was closed

**  Information taken from The Daily Herald Newspaper  12/231932, 1/1 and 1/3/1933 **

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Constable Grady Ford Dillehay                                                                  Maury County 9th District Constable                              Tennessee                                                                                                         Age:  43                                                                                                           End of Watch:  September 7, 1963                                                                            Cause of Death:  Gunfire                                                        

Incidents details: Around 12:30am Sept. 7th 1963 Constable Dillehay                      and 2 troopers went to the home of a workhouse escapee and attempted                          to take him back into custody.  The escapee fired a shotgun thru a window                     hitting Constable Dillehay in the face.  He died a few minutes later from                         his injuriesHis killer was sentenced to 99 years and a day in prison.

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Chief Homer W. Copeland                                                        Mount Pleasant Police Dept. Tennessee                                         End of Watch:  Sunday, 10/01/1967                                                          

Biographical Info
Age: 62  Tour of Duty: 19 years, 4 years in U.S.M.C                 Badge Number: Not available                                                  Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Sunday, October 1,1967

Incident Details:  Chief Copeland was responding emergency traffic with other local agencies for a rifle-toting women who was barricaded in a gas station.  As he pulled into the parking lot with the other officers, he slumped over in the seat and died from a massive heart attack. 

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 Patrolman William Larry Whitwell
Columbia Police Department
Tennessee
End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1981

Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 8 years888 years
                                                                                          

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, April 4, 1981
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Info: Andrew Braden was given life without parole.                                                                                         w   He was denied parole for the 3rd time in Oct. 2012.

Incident details:  On April 4th around 11:30 pm                                                                                Officer Whitwell stopped a vehicle and then discovered that the                                                              occupants were robbery suspects.  While arresting the offenders                                                                       he was attacked and shot several times. He succumbed to his                                                                   injuries at a local hospital a short time later in the early hours                                                                              of April 5th.     

 

 

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Trooper Samuel F. Holcomb Jr.
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1988

Biographical Info
Age: 37
Tour of Duty: 13 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 700
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Sunday, March 27, 1988
Suspect Info: No legal action was taken against the suspect.                                                     Incident Details:  Trooper Samuel Holcomb was killed when                                                        he was struck by a vehicle on I-40 in Dickson County, TN.                                                              He had stopped a suspicious vehicle and as he was exiting                                                             his car,  he was struck from behind by a driver who been                                                        blinded by the early morning sunlight.

 


 

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Photograph: Sergeant James David Perry

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Sergeant James David Perry
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee
End of Watch: Sunday, October 3, 1999

Biographical Info
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Sunday, October 3, 1999
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Sergeant James Perry suffered a fatal heart attack while in a                                                         foot pursuit of a man suspected in an earlier assault on an                                                       officer in Ardmore, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at                                                              a local hospital in Alabama after being flown there.

 

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Photograph: Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale
Patch image: Hohenwald Police Department, Tennessee
 

Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale
Hohenwald Police Department
Tennessee
End of Watch: Monday, November 27, 2000

Biographical Info
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 6 months
Badge Number: 115

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, November 27, 2000
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life

Officer Ragsdale was shot and killed while responding to a                                                         silent burglary alarm at a local motorcycle dealership. He
had parked his cruiser in the rear of the building and had                                                          walked around the entire building to verify all of the doors                                                          were secured. As he walked passed the store front he spotted                                                       the suspect who immediately fired three shots, striking                                                           Officer Ragsdale once. The round struck him in the armpit                                                           area where his vest did not offer protection. Officer Ragsdale                                                      was flown to a Nashville hospital where he succumbed to                                                             his injuries.

                     THP                  

 

Photograph: Trooper Todd Michael Larkins
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Trooper Todd Michael Larkins
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee
End of Watch: Friday, July 8, 2005

Biographical Info
Age: 31
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 356

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Friday, July 8, 2005
Weapon Used: a tractor trailer

Incident Details
   Trooper Larkins stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 in Dickson                                                 County, about 40 miles outside of Nashville. As he was                                                       conducting the vehicle stop, a tractor-trailer veered off the                                                    roadway. He was struck and killed instantly.

The driver of the tractor trailer was charged with vehicular                                                    homicide. He was sentenced to three years probation, one                                                             year loss of license, and a $50 fine.

 

                     THP                  

 

 
Photograph: Trooper Calvin W. Jenks
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Trooper Calvin W. Jenks
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee
End of Watch: Saturday, January 6, 2007

Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 2 years, 8 months
Badge Number: 484

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 6, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life

 Trooper Calvin Jenks was shot and killed while conducting a                                                        traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 14 and 54 in                                                        Tipton County.
Suspects fled the scene but were arrested 13 hours later in                                                  Nashville.

 In December 2007, one suspect was found guilty of the                                                      facilitation of first degree murder and was subsequently                                                      sentenced to life in prison. The second shooter also received                                                            a life sentence in June 2008.

 

                     SHPD                

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Corporal Jeremy McLaren
Spring Hill Police Department
Tennessee
End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty:
Badge Number: #215

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, February 5, 2010
Incident details:  Corporal Jeremy McLaren died from complications from injuries sustained in vehicle accident

Corporal McLaren is survived by his wife and parents.

 

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Deputy Darrell Perritt                                                              Maury County Sheriff's Dept.                                                                          Tennessee                                                                                                      Age:  42                                                                                                         Tour of Duty:  2 years                                                                                    End of Watch:  November 4, 2014                                                            Cause of Death:  Automobile accident                                                    Incident details:  

Deputy Perritt was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning in Spring Hill while responding to help another deputy involved in a pursuit.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Deputy Darrell Perritt was traveling north on Clara Mathis Road around 3 a.m. when he lost control, left the roadway and hit a tree on the driver's side. He was killed instantly

  I am constantly working to improve and update the information on this website.  If  you have information about a Fallen Peace Officer who is affiliated with Maury County, please contact me so that I can  make the appropriate corrections.        Thank you  Brian K. Jones                                                                                            contact email: fallen_heroes411@yahoo.com or bktniv@yahoo.com