Patrolman J. M. Carmack

Patrolman J. M. Carmack

Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, June 25, 1919

J. M. Carmack

Patrolman Carmack was shot and killed while responding to reports of a drunk man creating a disturbance at a prayer meeting. The suspect was known to Patrolman Carmack and when he arrived at the scene he began talking to the man. The suspect suddenly shot Patrolman Carmack twice. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Carmack was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his wounds early the next morning.

The suspect, a 20 year old youth, was taken into custody a short time later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison on October 29, 1919. On February 5, 1933, he was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate at Brushy Mountain State Prison.

Patrolman Carmack was the chief engineer of the Kingsport Fire Department. He served as a special patrolman for the police department. He was survived by his brother, the Kingsport Police Chief.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 24, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Died in prison

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JM was my grandmother's brother. Too bad there remains so much confusion over the events on the night of the shooting. My grandmother had told many wonderful stories about her brother. I wish I had known him.


August 8, 2017

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