William M. Pugh

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Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
November 21, 1941
Location of Death: 
Dyersburg, TN

Circumstances of Death

Special Agents William Milton Pugh and James Howes seized a still near Dyersburg, Tennessee. The still operator, Clyde Arwood, was hiding in ambush and shot and killed Agent Pugh using a shotgun. He also attempted to shoot Agent Howes, but missed. Arwood was later arrested, tried, convicted and electrocuted for the murder of Agent Pugh.


Agent Pugh was born in Red Bair, Alabama. He was survived by his wife, along with his father and mother, James and Minerva (née Stamphill) Pugh.

Associated Artifacts: 
Newspaper Article-Man is Charged with Slaying Cop
William Milton Pugh Certificate of Death
Last Reviewed October 8, 2020