Officer Edward L. Tarkington

Officer Edward L. Tarkington

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 1978

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Edward L. Tarkington

Officer Edward Tarkington was shot and killed after responding to the report of a residential burglary. While talking to the victim the man's neighbor confronted the officer and began arguing with him. The neighbor had been arrested by Officer Tarkington twice before for operating illegal gambling games. The suspect produced a .45 caliber handgun and exchanged shots with Officer Tarkington, striking him in the neck. The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire. The suspect was never convicted of Officer Tarkington's murder but did receive a one year federal sentence for being a felon carrying a weapon.

Officer Tarkington had been an officer with the agency for one year. He was survived by his brother who later became an officer with the same agency.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to one year

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May he never be forgotten. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice and best wishes to his blood brother for joining the force

Dale Mitchell, spouse of retired MNPD
Metro Nashville Police Dept

December 18, 2019

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