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

Sergeant

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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You were killed, NO you were murdered on September 25, 1995. I was working day shift and at that time that was 7a.m.- 3p.m. It was a Monday that tragic day and I saw you at the department of transportation building that morning at about 9 a.m. because we were trading out patrol cars that day. you were going on with a bunch of silly stuff as usual and making me laugh. I remember you telling me that you had been working with the greene county sheriff's department for 16 years now and you were excited because you told me this was the first ever new patrol car that you had gotten. I did not realize this was the last time that I would ever talk to you again and see you alive. you drove off as I watched and then you went on duty at 3 p.m. that day and drove that new car for 5 hours and then was killed. I will never forget that call at 8 p.m. that night calling all off duty officers back to work. I could not believe when I heard that you had been shot and I had talked and joked with you only 11 hours earlier. I remember standing outside of the emergency room that night around midnight and hearing the news that you had passed away. I remember going to work the next day at 7 a.m. and thinking WOW nothing changes and the calls keep coming in.... REST IN PEACE RICK..YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lieutenant Terry L. Rader
Greene County Sheriff's Department
July 9, 2016

 

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