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Sergeant Ricky Dale Coyle | Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee


Ricky Dale Coyle

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, September 25, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 531

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Ricky Coyle was shot and killed while investigating a hit and run in a remote area of the county.

During the investigation he radioed in that he needed an ambulance. An off duty officer who responded to the scene found Sergeant Coyle slumped over his steering wheel and discovered that he had been shot three times.

One shot was stopped by his vest, one entered below his vest, and a third entered through the side, rupturing his spleen. Other arriving units found the body of the suspect approximately 30 yards away, suffering from five gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that the two men were standing within a few feet of each other when they exchanged shots. The suspect was later found to be a fugitive from Alabama who was wanted for arson and other felonies.

Sergeant Coyle was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Greene County Sheriff's Department for 16 years and had previously served one year with the Northern Illinois University Police Department. He is survived by his mother and sister.

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Sgt. Coyle,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
September 25, 2017


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