Death: 18 Jul 1937 Mason, Tipton County, Tennessee
Father: Wiley Doyle abt. 1860 – 23 Nov 1916
Mother: Mary Alice Caldwell abt. 1865 – 6 Jul 1937 Walls Cemetery
Deputy Chester A Doyle was shot twice in the back and killed as he and other officers raided the back room of a cafe where an illegal dice game was being held. Deputy Doyle managed to return fire killing one man and wounding another. A third man was arrested and charged with his murder.
Due to the threat of mob violence, the Tipton County Sheriff had the suspect transferred to the Memphis City Jail for safekeeping. A month later he was returning with the suspect when six armed men forced his car off the road eight miles from Covington and seized his prisoner. The suspect’s bullet riddled body was found hours later face down in a creek with a rope around his neck.
Deputy Doyle had served with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office for nine years.
[ Deputy Chester A Doyle | Remembering Tipton County’s fallen officers by Echo Day, The Leader, Covington, Tenn., 15 May 2021]
Mason City Marshal Killed During Raid
Chester Doyle Shot in Back in Negro Cafe
SUSPECTED SLAYER HELD
Albert Gooden Arrested In Slaying – Another Jailer for Aiding Escape – Dead Man Also Served As Deputy
Special to The Commercial Appeal
MASON, Tenn., July 18. – Chester Doyle, city marshal and deputy sheriff, and a negro were killed last night about 11:30 o’clock in a raid in a negro gambling place here.
In company with Sheriff W. J. Vaughn of Covington, Mr. Doyle entered the front door of the cafe and walked to the rear entrance. He was shot in the back twice with a shotgun. Sheriff Vaughn said the assailant shot through the rear screen door.
Suspect Is Held
Albert Gooden, negro, who officers said did the shooting, was arrested near here early today. He is being held in Covington on charges of first degree murder.
Chief Deputy V. W. Pickens, who arrested Gooden, arrested Allison Plumber, negro, this morning at his cabin on Macedonia Road in Shelby County. Deputy Pickens said that Plumber, about 35, an ex-school teacher, would be charged with aiding in the escape of Gooden. He is held at Covington.
Served Nine Years
Mr. Doyle had been a deputy for about nine years. He was unmarried. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
“We entered the cafe, operated by Gooden’s brother Mr. Doyle was shot slightly under the shoulder blade and above the belt,” Sheriff Vaughn said. “He lived about 30 minutes.”
With Deputy Pickens this morning when he arrested Plumber were Patrolman J. P. Scott of Covington and Deputies Schmidt and Mathis of Memphis.
Sheriff Vaughn said Jack Bolton, 24, negro, was killed and Oliver Twist, 25, negro, was wounded in the arms by bullets from Doyle’s gun.
[Mason City Marshal Killed During Raid, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tn, 19 Jul 1937, Pg 1]