Constable Bruce Barker

Constable Bruce Barker

Sullivan County Twelfth District Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 30, 1938

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Bruce Barker

Constable Bruce Barker was shot and killed as he and several officers attempted to apprehend a fugitive from justice near Kingsport.

The suspect opened fire on the officers, killing Constable Barker. Other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect, who was arrested a short time later.

Patrolman George Frazier, of the Kingsport Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack during the shootout.

The suspect, 24, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Constable Barker is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

May 30, 2021

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