Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, February 2, 2017

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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 subsequently plead guilty of vehicular homicide by intoxication and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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 Sentenced to 12 years

DUI, suicidal subject

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Today we reflected on the 3rd Anniversary Of your passing at the unveiling of your memorial plaque at Peeler Park. I find comfort in knowing how much you were loved and I felt you there is spirit. You are missed greatly not only by your friends and family but by the community. Until we meet again my friend.

Hannah Penn
Friend of Eric Mumaw EOW 02/02/2017

February 2, 2020

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