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, Tennessee.

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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

suspicious vehicle

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I vividly remember this. I was a THP dispatcher with the Nashville district. I worked day shift that day. The dispatch office was off McCrory Lane west of Nashville close to the Cheatham county line. Although the accident had just occurred in Dickson county, I noticed there seemed to be a lot of activity going on as I headed to work. When I got there and was told what happened to Holcomb, my heart sank because we lost a trooper’s trooper. A wonderful man that everybody loved and respected. All these years later, my prayers continued to be with his family.

Trooper Paula Snapp (Fulkerson)
Tennessee Highway Patrol

March 12, 2023

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