Patrol Officer Herman M. Rollins

Patrol Officer Herman M. Rollins

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, March 13, 1939

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Herman M. Rollins

Officer Rollins was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a cafe on Walnut Street. When he arrived the armed owner ordered him to leave. When he returned with backup officers a female waitress shot him in the back.

The 19-year-old waitress and the owner were charged with murder. The waitress pleaded insanity.

Officer Rollins was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pleaded insanity

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Officer Rollins,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Knoxville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 13, 2019

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