Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eric Wayne Mumaw

Police Officer Eric Mumaw drowned in the Cumberland River while attempting to save a suicidal woman.

He and another officer had responded to the Peeler Park Greenway Trailhead after receiving reports that a woman in a vehicle was contemplating suicide. The officers located the vehicle and were attempting to speak to the woman when the car rolled down the boat ramp and into the river. As the officers attempted to pull the woman from the car they were both swept further into the river, which had a water temperature of 49-degrees.

A third officer followed them as they were swept down the river and entered the river to rescue Officer Mumaw but was unable to reach him due to the freezing temperatures. Officer Mumaw's body was recovered several hours later.

The woman escaped from the vehicle and was found on the river bank intoxicated. She faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Officer Mumaw had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for 18 years.

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charges pending

suicidal subject

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I went down to Peeler Park yesterday, there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers left for you and a card from a fellow officer. I know it’s hard for a lot of people to go down there because it’s the place where you lost your life. But I love that we can go down there and leave flowers at the cross I made for you. Your missed daily. Madison is not the same without you that’s for sure. Sending hugs to Heaven my friend.

Hannah Penn
Friend of Ofc. Eric Mumaw EOW 2/2/17

February 3, 2018

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