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Officer Edward L. Tarkington | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

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Edward L. Tarkington

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, December 17, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to one year

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Officer Edward Tarkington was shot and killed after responding to the report of a residential burglary. While talking to the victim the man's neighbor confronted the officer and began arguing with him. The neighbor had been arrested by Officer Tarkington twice before for operating illegal gambling games. The suspect produced a .45 caliber handgun and exchanged shots with Officer Tarkington, striking him in the neck. The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire. The suspect was never convicted of Officer Tarkington's murder but did receive a one year federal sentence for being a felon carrying a weapon.

Officer Tarkington had been an officer with the agency for one year. He was survived by his brother who later became an officer with the same agency.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 33rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 17, 2011

 

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