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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Our History

William Franklin Berry

Name:  William Franklin Berry

Date of Birth:  1899

Date of Death:  03/18/1938

Location of Death:    Hamilton County, TN









Special Agent William Berry and other agents arrested George Tatum and three other violators for operating a still at Tatum's residence, in the Suck Creek Mountain range near Chattanooga, TN. During the arrest, gunfire was exchanged and George Tatum shot and killed Agent Berry with a shotgun.  Tatum initially escaped, but was tracked by agents using bloodhounds and captured about 12 hours later. Tatum was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder and sentenced to imprisonment.


Agent Berry joined the Alcohol Tax Unit (ATU) on 6/29/1936.  Previously, he was an attorney and deputy state prosecutor.


Agent Berry was born in Marion, AK.  He was survived by his wife.