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Patrolman Jerry Dean Huskey | Gatlinburg Police Department, Tennessee Gatlinburg Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman

Jerry Dean Huskey

Gatlinburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, June 14, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/14/1975

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Suspect: Paroled

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Patrolman Jerry Huskey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect on Baskins Creek Road for drug possesion.

After finding drugs in one of the suspects' socks, Patrolman Huskey was searching the suspects' other sock when the suspect snatched the Patrolman's service weapon from the holster. The suspect resisted arrest and shot Patrolman Huskey in the ensuing struggle. The suspect fled the scene, but was run down by a civilian near the scene and arrested by Officer Gordon Whaley.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was eventually paroled.

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Today has kind of been a day or reflection for me looking back and thinking of those I have known who have fallen in the line of duty becasue 3 friends were killed in 2 seperate incidents this week 16 years ago. I remember Jerry Dean Huskey coming into a small country grocery store in the Glades community when I was just a young boy. I remember when he was killed and though I was to young to really understand what it meant, I knew it was a terrible wrong and I remember the shock it put into the community. Now as a 30 year veteran officer, I have known many more who have fallen and are missed by all who knew them but Jerry Dean Huskey was the first officer that I personally knew who was murdered in the line of duty and I still think of him from time to time. Hopefully time has brought some healing to his family, but I know he will always be missed.

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United States Forest Service
June 29, 2014

 

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