Sheriff John A. Cline

Sheriff John A. Cline

Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1929

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John A. Cline

Sheriff John Cline was shot and killed after being confronted by a drunk man he had ordered to go home a short time earlier.

The man had originally gone home but returned to a poolroom. As Sheriff Cline entered the same poolroom, the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, severely wounding Sheriff Cline in an arm. The suspect then took Sheriff Cline's service revolver and shot him several times, killing him.

After a short time, the subject walked to a nearby business and threatened the owner, then went to another man's home and forced the man outside before returning to his own home. Three deputies responded to his home and shot the suspect to death when he threatened them as well.

Sheriff Cline was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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