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Deputy Sheriff Steve N. Mullins | Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Steve N. Mullins

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 22, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Released after five years

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Deputy Steve Mullins was killed when he was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle, being driven by three runaway juveniles, had been stolen in Florida and was being chased by members of another department. Deputy Mullins pulled his cruiser into the lane of traffic in which the van was traveling to protect the traffic ahead of him. The van crashed into the cruiser, knocking Deputy Mullins into the grill of a wrecker approximately 25 feet away. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The 15-year-old driver of the van was charged as an adult and found guilty of felony murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was released after serving only five years.

Deputy Mullins is survived by his wife, stepson, and three daughters.

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Steve, it has been 21 years now since the Lord called you home. It has definitely been a ride here on this earth. I remember you and David, my brother, being best of friends, growing up at our house. You first taught me how to shoot a revolver while I was still in college. I can remember my first day in 1989 when I pinned the badge on and how we worked together...I still tell the stories about the fights we were in fighting the bad guys. I remember when the Lord got a hold of you and your life changed forever. I saw a great deputy sheriff but a great Godly man that truly was anointed. Then the tragic day came that took you from us ..... broke my heart. I still think of you every day when I walk in the Sheriff's Office, looking at your picture. I am now in the twilight of my career...got about 3 more years and I'll retire from this circus. Thank you for helping me to become the Deputy Sheriff that I always wanted to be. I know you are worshipping our Lord and Savior and I know one day I'll get to join you and all my brothers and sisters in law enforcement. Thank you Steve!!

Captain Joseph H. Strickler
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office
January 31, 2017

 

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