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Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer

Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charges pending

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Police Officer Eric Mumaw drowned in the Cumberland River while attempting to save a suicidal woman.

He and another officer had responded to the Peeler Park Greenway Trailhead after receiving reports that a woman in a vehicle was contemplating suicide. The officers located the vehicle and were attempting to speak to the woman when the car rolled down the boat ramp and into the river. As the officers attempted to pull the woman from the car they were both swept further into the river, which had a water temperature of 49-degrees.

A third officer followed them as they were swept down the river and entered the river to rescue Officer Mumaw but was unable to reach him due to the freezing temperatures. Officer Mumaw's body was recovered several hours later.

The woman escaped from the vehicle and was found on the river bank intoxicated. Charges are pending.

Officer Mumaw had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for 18 years.

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Yesterday made 5 months since you left us. I go down to Peeler Park several times a week just to check and make sure your memorial cross is still there. I think about you all the time and the impact you had on my life. You were such a caring person. It is still hard to believe it was you. Miss you my friend

Hannah Penn
Friend of Ofc. Eric Mumaw EOW 2/2/17
July 3, 2017

 

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