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Deputy Sheriff Bobby Joe Nolen | Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Bobby Joe Nolen

Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 2, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Died in mental hospital

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Deputy Bobby Nolen and Deputy Kevan Ward were shot and killed when they gave a ride to an 82-year-old man whose car had broken down. Unknown to the deputies, the man had a revolver hidden in his jacket. As they entered the city limits of Ripley the man shot both deputies in the back of the head. Their patrol car crossed the median, climbed up an embankment, and crashed into a field. A policeman found both deputies sitting upright with their seat belts on. Both were dead. The suspect was in the back seat, unconscious from the impact.

The suspect had a criminal history that dated back to 1927. He had been convicted of assaults, weapons violations, and various other crimes. He was committed to a mental institution where he died in September of 1995.

Deputy Nolen had served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Deputy Sheriff Kevan Maurice Ward
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 2, 1990
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Sheriff Bobby Joe NOLEN ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us.
God Bless You and Deputy Sheriff Kevan Maurice WARD

grateful citizen
August 5, 2015

 

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