Trooper Samuel Freeman Holcomb, Jr.

Trooper Samuel Freeman Holcomb, Jr.

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 1988

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Samuel Freeman Holcomb, Jr.

Trooper Samuel Holcomb was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on I-40 in Dickson County at 6 am.

He had stopped a suspicious vehicle, and as he was exiting his patrol car, he was struck from behind by a driver who had been blinded by the early morning sunlight.

No legal action was taken against the subject.

Trooper Holcomb was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 13 and a half years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, his mother, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 13 years, 6 months
  • Badge 700
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

suspicious vehicle

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Had breakfast with "Sammy" many times at the Bellevue, Tennessee Waffle House. He would tell the waitress he wasn't hungry when he came in and then proceed to eat everything on your plate. Always smiling, always cutting up. A joy to be around. He had a death grip and would always extend his hand when he met someone. He would take them to the with that grip! Good guy, good LEO, good family man. Miss you buddy!

Officer Gary M. Smith (retired)
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

April 26, 2024

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