Lieutenant James Ronnie Woodard

Lieutenant James Ronnie Woodard

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, October 9, 1991

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James Ronnie Woodard

Lieutenant Woodard was shot and killed in the early morning hours after stopping a car he suspected had been stolen. The suspect pulled the vehicle into a bank parking lot and opened fire as Lieutenant Woodard approached the car. Lieutenant Woodard was able to return fire, striking the suspect in the buttocks. A passerby noticed Lieutenant Woodard laying next to his patrol car and used the cruiser's radio to call for help. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately 30 minutes later. The suspect was arrested approximately two hours after the incident.

The 28-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2026.

Lieutenant Woodard had been with the agency for eighteen years and is survived by his wife.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Ronnie treated me like his daughter...he was always a part of my life for as long as I could remember. Ronnie was that good man that did good things everywhere he went, a man that is missed by SO many!!

Terri Harris

October 9, 2019

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