Patrolman John E. Mills

Patrolman John E. Mills

Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 7, 1940

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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 1, 2013

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