Police Officer Joseph McKinney

Police Officer Joseph McKinney

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 2024

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Joseph McKinney

Police Officer Joseph McKinney was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at the intersection of Charter Avenue and Horn Lake Road at about 2:00 am.

He and other officers were approaching the vehicle when the occupants opened fire on them. Officers returned fire before the car fled. The officers pursued the vehicle and took two wounded subjects into custody after it stopped. The adult subject died of his gunshot wounds and the juvenile subject suffered critical gunshot wounds. The adult subject was out on bond from an arrest the previous month in which he had been charged with possession of a modified semi-automatic weapon and two counts of grand larceny related to vehicle thefts.

Officer McKinney was transported to Regional One Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Two other officers were wounded.

Officer McKinney had served with the Memphis Police Department for over three years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 14649

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender 1 shot and killed; 1 arrested

juvenile, suspicious vehicle, ambush


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Father in Heaven, we ask thy Blessing on the soul of this thy servant departed Officer Joseph McKinney and keep his spirit with you throughout all eternity. Bless his family and all those who mourn his passing give then comfort and peace. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior,, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Chaplain George E. Martin, Sr.

International Police Association
Region 14 (NC, SC, TN, GA)

May 1, 2024

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