Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke

Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Matthew Locke

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke was shot and killed while assisting other officers during a domestic disturbance at a home in the 3000 block of Nance Bend Road in Clifton.

An officer from Clifton Police Department and other deputies contacted the subject who was armed with a gun. As officers were ordering the man to drop the gun as Deputy Locke approached the home. The man suddenly opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Locke.

Deputy Locke was transported to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

The subject fled into a nearby wooded area and was arrested a few hours later by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was charged with first-degree murder.

Deputy Locke was a Tennessee Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Hardin County Sheriff's Department seven years. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 565
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with first-degree murder


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In the constellation of our community, certain stars shine brighter than others, guiding, protecting, and inspiring us all. Deputy Mathew Locke was undoubtedly one of those brilliant stars. His dedication to safeguarding his community with integrity and compassion resonated with everyone, even those, like me, who never had the privilege of knowing him personally.
To Mathew's family, on this somber anniversary, please know that both I and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center extend our deepest condolences. We mourn alongside you, recognizing the enormity of your loss. Understand that Mathew's legacy will endure, not just in the stories recounted about him, but in the lives he touched and the differences he made.
In the vast expanse of heroes that have graced our lives, Deputy Mathew Locke will forever stand out. His commitment, heroism, and sacrifice to the community he loved will continue to inspire generations to come.
Rest in peace, Deputy Locke. Your light will forever guide us.

Jason Jones
Law Enforcement Innovation Center

September 25, 2023

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