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- Apr. 23, 1933 -
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Resided: TN, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Apr. 23, 1933
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
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Dept: Pickett County Sheriff's Dept.
TN   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Sheriff
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TN   USA   Sun. Apr. 23, 1933
Summary: Sheriff Winningham and his son, Deputy Floyd Winningham, were shot and killed after responding to a lumber camp to investigate reports of a murder. When the two, along with a third deputy, arrived at the camp, they were informed that a murder had not taken place, but that there was a drunk male who was causing a disturbance, was located in a railroad boxcar. When the officers reached the boxcar, they told the man to come out but he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, striking Deputy Floyd Winningham in the head twice, killing him.

In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, Sheriff George Winningham was shot in the abdomen. He succumbed to his wounds the following day while being transported to a Nashville Hospital.

After shooting the two officers, the suspect fled into the woods where he remained for several weeks. The suspect eventually turned himself in to a Scott County deputy for fear that he would be killed if he were caught by posse members. Several days after being arrested, a mob of citizens and lawmen broke into the jail, took the suspect and another prisoner, and murdered them in Scott County.

Sheriff Winningham was serving his third term as Sheriff when he was murdered. He was survived by his wife and son, Sheriff Willie Winningham of Clinton County, Kentucky. Sheriff Willie Winningham was also shot and killed on July 29, 1933, while attempting to serve a warrant on a drunk male in Clinton County.

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