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Investigator James Kenneth Kennedy | Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee


James Kenneth Kennedy

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 27, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Shot and killed

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Investigator Kennedy was shot and killed as he and another deputy investigated a stolen car complaint at a hotel in Knoxville.

As Investigator Kennedy attempted to force the door open the suspect inside opened fire, striking him four times. Despite the wounds, Investigator Kennedy was able to force the door open, but the suspect was able to close it again, keeping the other officers outside. The suspect then intentionally shot Investigator Kennedy in an area not protected by his vest.

The suspect then committed suicide.

Investigator Kennedy was survived by his wife.

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Hi all
This was my uncle. I was 2 when he was killed in the line of duty. I wish I could say I remember him but unfortunately I don't. I've read a lot on here and see many of you have great memories of him. If anyone on here checks this or what please share stories of him with me.
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I would love to know him better through people who knew him.
RIP uncle Jim

Kyle Kennedy
January 24, 2016


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