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Patrolman O. L. Jarnigan | Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman

O. L. Jarnigan

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 1, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman O.L. Jarnigan and Patrolman Mike Wrenn were shot and killed during a struggle with a suspect they were attempting to arrest. The two officers were attempting to wrestle a gun from the suspect but the man was able to shoot both officers in the head, killing them.

When Patrolman Jarnigan's 65-year-old father was told of his death he went into a state of shock and died a short time later. The 23-year-old suspect died in prison from influenza on November 8, 1918.

Patrolman Jarnigan had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and four children. He is buried in Blue Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Patrolman Mike Wrenn
Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 1, 1908
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 103rd anniversary 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.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 103 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom lof fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 1, 2011

 

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