Sheriff James Davis McKinnie, Jr.

Sheriff James Davis McKinnie, Jr.

Hardeman County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 26, 1974

James Davis McKinnie, Jr.

Sheriff James McKinnie was killed when the patrol car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Highway 100 and Vildo Road.

The driver of the other vehicle was arrested and charged with second degree murder, driving while intoxicated, and failing to yield right of way.

Sheriff McKinnie was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served as sheriff for two years. He was survived by his wife and eight children. His wife was appointed to complete his term as sheriff.

Sheriff McKinnie is buried in Hebron Cemetery, Bolivar, Tennessee.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Sheriff McKinnie,
On today, the 42nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 26, 2016

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