Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eric Wayne Mumaw

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. She subsequently plead guilty of vehicular homicide by intoxication and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 12 years

DUI, suicidal subject

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Eric was killed trying to save the life of another..

To the Mumaw family, fellow officers, and all who call Eric beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Office Mumaw gave to his community and the citizens of Tennessee , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 2, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 19, 2018

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