Patrolman John E. Mills

Patrolman John E. Mills

Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 7, 1940

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John E. Mills

Patrolman Mills was shot and killed in an ambush by one of two brothers who had escaped from the Bristol jail. The shooting occurred between Catawba and Watauga Streets. Patrolman Mills was shot once in the back of the head and once in the arm.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. On October 20, 1955, he escaped from the Tennessee State Penitentiary. March 27, 1958, he was recaptured by FBI agents in Baltimore, Maryland, just a few hours after he made the "ten most wanted list".

Patrolman Mills had served with the Kingsport Police Department for 2 years and also was a member of the fire department.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 7, 2020

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