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Patrol Officer Lester Woodrow Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrol Officer

Lester Woodrow "Tarzan" Gwinn

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, January 31, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Lester Gwinn was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated a domestic disturbance call involving a man and his ex-wife. As the officers entered the home the male suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Gwinn in the chest five times. Both officers returned fire killing the suspect.

Officer Gwinn was a World War II veteran. He earned the Silver Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and marksmanship medals while serving as a sniper in the Pacific. He is survived by his wife and son. He is buried in New Gray Cemetery in Knoxville.

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I knew tarzan gwinn but my memory is fading, can anyone tell me the address of the house he was shot in

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October 20, 2015


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