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Sheriff John A. Cline | Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee


John A. Cline

Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, April 15, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff John Cline was shot and killed after being confronted by a drunk man he had ordered to go home a short time earlier. The man had originally gone home but returned to a poolroom. As Sheriff Cline entered the same poolroom the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, severely wounding Sheriff Cline in an arm.

The suspect then took Sheriff Cline's service revolver and shot him several times, killing him. After a short time the subject walked to a nearby business and threatened the owner, then went to another man's home and forced the man outside, before returning to his own home. Three deputies responded to his home and shot the suspect to death when he threatened them as well.

Sheriff Cline was survived by his wife and four children.

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Carrie Cline-Ryan,

Are you aware that Carrie was also your great grandmother Cline's name? Her maiden name was Tate.
I would love to hear from you and your sister to share info. Your grandfather Ray was my husband's uncle and his father, John A Cline Jr.'s, brother. I have pictures of them together.

Lora Cline
grand-daughter in law
September 20, 2016


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