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Louisville KY Police Dept. Patch
Resided: KY, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Aug. 14, 1949
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 32 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Louisville Police Dept. - KY
633 West Jefferson St  
Louisville, KY   40202   USA
(502)574-7060
County: Jefferson
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 7 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: KY   USA   Sun. Aug. 14, 1949
Summary: Patrolman Tennyson was shot and killed in a running gun battle with the notorious gangster, Earl David Bircham, when he interrupted a robbery at 2115 hours. Patrolman Tennyson had stopped by a downtown restaurant to see his wife when the incident occurred. Bircham was captured by a former marine when he ran into the back yard of the marine's home right after he killed Patrolman Tennyson.

Earl David Bircham, known as public enemy #1 by the FBI, was wanted in Kentucky, Tennesee, Kansas, and Ohio for several armed robberies and burglaries. He had escaped three times from different jails and almost escaped from the Louisville Jail after being confined there for killing Patroman Tennyson. He was so good at escaping that two guards with shotguns were assigned to watch him 24 hours a day. Bircham was convicted of Patrolman Tennyson's murder and executed in the electric chair on Febuary 1, 1952.

Patrolman Tennyson had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife.

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