Tennessee

Nashville Officer Drowns While Trying to Save Suicidal Woman

Officer Eric Mumaw;  Photo: Metro Nashville PD

Officer Eric Mumaw; Photo: Metro Nashville PD

A Metro Nashville police officer died early Thursday morning after drowning while trying to save a suicidal woman.

Officer Eric Mumaw, an 18-year veteran of the force, responded to a call of a suicidal woman inside her car along the banks of the Cumberland River.

Officer Mumaw and others tried convincing the woman to get out of her car; however, at some point she put the car in gear and drove into the water.

Officer Mumaw, in his attempt to save the woman, was pulled into the river. Although other officers on scene attempted to save him, Officer Mumaw could not be located. 

He was ultimately found in the river later in the morning, deceased.

The woman was able to make it out of the water and authorities stated that she appeared to be intoxicated. 

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Cop Killer Blames Police For His "Misfortunes"

Officer Kenny Moats;  Photo: Maryville Police Dept.

Officer Kenny Moats; Photo: Maryville Police Dept.

A cop-killer who fatally shot a Tennessee police officer this past week apparently penned a note in which he blamed the police for his and his family's "misfortunes."

Brian Stalans, 44, was taken into custody after shooting and killing Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats, 32, following a domestic disturbance call. Stalans had apparently been in an argument with his father, necessitating a police response.

Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said that after arresting Stalans, police found a note in his house in which he, "blamed the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and his family for his misfortune."

Officer Moats was a 9-year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and three children.

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Tennessee Police Officer Shot and Killed, Suspect in Custody

Suspect Brian Stalons;  Photo: Blount County Detention Center

Suspect Brian Stalons; Photo: Blount County Detention Center

A Maryville, TN police officer was shot and killed Thursday afternoon after responding to a domestic disturbance call.  

The Maryville officer, along with a Blount County deputy, had responded to an apparent disturbance between the suspect, identified as 44-year old Brian Stalons, and his father.  

After getting the suspect's father to safety, Stalons allegedly emerged from a garage area and opened fire.  

The officer was mortally wounded after being shot in the neck. He was rushed to a local hospital but died of his injuries. 

Stalons was subsequently taken into custody. 

The officer's identity has not yet been released pending notification of his family; however, he has been described as a veteran of the force.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Shot and Killed During Undercover Operation

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier;  Photo: TBI

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier; Photo: TBI

An agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was shot and killed Tuesday following an undercover operation in Jackson, Tenn. 

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier, 35, was working with the Jackson-Madison County narcotics unit when he was shot while engaged in a controlled-buy operation. 

He was transported to a local hospital but died from his injuries.

The suspect, identified as 23-year old Brenden Burns, was taken into custody a short time later. 

Special Agent Frazier had been with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for over 10 years and leaves behind a wife and two children.

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Tennessee Deputy Dies From Injuries Related to 2015 Vehicle Crash

Deputy Zach Lemard;  Photo: Gainesboro Police Department

Deputy Zach Lemard; Photo: Gainesboro Police Department

A Jackson County, TN Sheriff's Deputy died on Wednesday from complications related to injuries he sustained in an on-duty vehicle accident in early 2015.

Deputy Zach Larnerd was working for the Gainesboro Police Department and responding to a domestic call for service when he was involved in a vehicle accident.

Deputy Larnerd was thrown 17 feet from his vehicle and suffered serious injuries that required multiple surgeries.

On Wednesday, Deputy Larnerd passed away from an infection and heart attack related to his previous injuries. 

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Memphis Police Officer Struck and Killed by Fleeing Shooting Suspect

Officer Verdell Smith;  Photo: facebook via nydailynews.com

Officer Verdell Smith; Photo: facebook via nydailynews.com

A Memphis police officer has died after being struck by the vehicle of a shooting suspect who was attempting to flee police.

The incident occurred Saturday night as officers responded to a call of multiple people shot north of downtown.

Officers located two individuals with gunshot wounds inside a local restaurant and subsequently found another person shot across the street.

The suspect in the shootings was located a short time later but fled in a vehicle. Officer Verdell Smith was attempting to clear a nearby intersection when the suspect sped by, striking him.

Officer Smith would be transported to a local hospital for treatment but he would subsequently die from his injuries.

The suspect was ultimately captured a short distance later after bailing from his vehicle and leading officers on a short foot chase.

Two of the shooting victims were listed in critical condition and the third in non-critical condition.

Officer Smith, 46, is survived by his fiancée, son, two daughters, and father. He was an 18-year veteran of the police force.

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Watch Chattanooga Police Officer Save Woman From Suicidal Leap Off Bridge

The Chattanooga Police Department released dash-cam footage of an officer rescuing a suicidal woman from jumping off of a bridge on Saturday.

The incident began when officers were called of the scene of a woman sitting on the ledge of the Market Street Bridge.

Chattanooga Police Officer Steven Meador attempted to engage the woman in conversation but she was dismissive.

As the woman stood up, apparently about to jump, Officer Meador rushed into the scene and pulled her from the ledge.

Officer Meador said of the situation, "The only thing that I’m thinking is, ‘I cannot let this lady jump.' I knew, most of the time, you can engage in conversation and de-escalate the situation, but she wasn’t having any of it.”

 

 

 

Watch the heroic VIDEO below.

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Tennessee Cops Surprise Disabled Man in Need of Help

Photo: WKRN.com

Photo: WKRN.com

Several police officers in Mt. Pleasant (TN) are being praised for going the extra step in helping an elderly man who called 911 to say that he hadn’t eaten in two days.

After the man, who has chosen to remain unidentified, called police, officers showed up at his house with bags full of groceries…enough to stock his cupboards with food for a month.

The officers had purchased the food with money out of their own pockets.

Police said that the man had been victimized by a former caretaker who had stolen his credit card and left him unable to buy food. The man lives on a fixed income.

“It’s difficult for us to see as police officers. We’re out here to take care of the public at large and that doesn’t always mean stopping a car. Sometimes it’s us doing little things like this,” said Officer Mark Billions.

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Shoplifting Suspect Dead After Running Over Two Tennessee Deputies

A shoplifting suspect is dead and two deputies were treated for non-life threatening injuries after a dramatic episode unfolded in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Two Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies working a shoplifting task force noticed a suspect steal items from a sporting goods store on Friday night.

When they pursued the individual through the parking lot, the man refused the officers’ commands to stop.

The suspect instead got into a car and ran over one of the officers and struck the other. One of the officers discharged his firearm at the suspect, who crashed his vehicle and died on scene. 

Both deputies were subsequently treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Tennessee Deputy Expected to Recover After Being Shot in Face, Suspect Apprehended

Kelly Pitts;  Photo: WJHL.com

Kelly Pitts; Photo: WJHL.com

An East Tennessee deputy is expected to recover after being shot twice in the face. She and other officers had responded to a call of an intoxicated man waving a gun just outside of Johnson City, a town east of Nashville.

Deputy Jenna Markland was struck in the cheek and a bullet grazed her forehead after Kelly Lee Pitts, 39, opened fire on deputies. 

Carter County Deputies were able to get Pitts’ family members safely out of the house before he allegedly opened fire on responding deputies.

Pitts was found later in the evening after police discovered him hiding in a nearby cave. He was taken into custody without incident.

He is being held at the Carter County Jail on $700,000 bond and has been charged with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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