Police Officer Joseph Russell McKinney

Police Officer Joseph Russell McKinney

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 2024

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Joseph Russell 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

ambush, juvenile, suspicious vehicle

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Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer McKinney. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Memphis Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

May 24, 2024

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