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Police Officer Barton Coker | Maryville Police Department, Tennessee Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer

Barton Coker

Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, January 2, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released in 1950

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Police Officer Barton Coker was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped a 21-year-old man and his 18-year-old girlfriend as they exited a lumber yard on McGee Street shortly after midnight.

When the officers approached, the man drew a handgun and opened fire, killing Officer Coker.

Both subjects were apprehended. The man was sentenced to death his sentence was later commuted to 99 years. He was released in December 1950 after Governor Gordon Browning reduced his sentence to 12 years. His girlfriend was sentenced to 21 years but was released after serving only a few months.

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