Deputy Sheriff John Morris Heithcock

Deputy Sheriff John Morris Heithcock

Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, June 28, 1972

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John Morris Heithcock

Deputy Sheriff John Heithcock was shot and killed while assisting the Fairview police chief following a vehicle pursuit.

The chief had attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding. The driver initially stopped but pointed a gun at the chief and ordered him back into his car before fleeing. The pursuit lasted approximately five miles until the man pulled into his own driveway in the Bon Aqua community on Route 100 at the county line with Hickman County. The man began shooting at the Fairview officers.

As Deputy Heitcock arrived at the scene the suspect opened fire from a ditch and shot him in the chest with a shotgun.

The subject was convicted of Deputy Heithcock's murder but was released from prison after 11 years.

Deputy Heithcock had served with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office for only two months. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 11 years

vehicle pursuit

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Deputy Sheriff Heithcock,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army and TNARNG. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 28, 2022

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