Deputy Sheriff Gerald Monroe Gibson

Deputy Sheriff Gerald Monroe Gibson

Hawkins County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 13, 2000

Gerald Monroe Gibson

Deputy Gerald "Bubba" Gibson was shot and killed during a 13 hour standoff with a burglary suspect.

A police canine had tracked the suspect from a business to the suspect's home. When other officers arrived, the suspect brandished a shotgun and threatened to shoot them. During the ensuing standoff, the officers prepared for a tactical entry. Deputy Gibson was approximately 40 feet away from the residence. He was preparing to fire a tear gas canister, when the suspect opened fire with a 30-30 rifle. The deputy was struck in the head.

The suspect was arrested approximately six hours later while attempting to escape. He was charged with murder and later pled guilty, receiving a life sentence.


Deputy Gibson had been with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department for 15 years, and was a US military veteran. He is survived by his wife and two grown daughters.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 315

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Hey Bubba. It has now been 16 years, and losing you still feels like yesterday. Even though The Good Lord decided to call 315 (you) home, you still remain deeply planted in many of our hearts and souls. The years we spent working together, as well as the years I knew you, remain close to my heart. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten my friend. One last important favor to ask of you.... we laid my father to rest today, who you also knew well. When you meet him along those Streets of Gold, tell him his Son and Wife miss and love him. You all keep a watch over the remainder of us that will join you eventually. Rest easy Bubba. We love you Brother.

Lt. Chad Gillenwater
Hawkins County Sheriff's Office (former Co-worker)

July 14, 2016

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