Patrolman Jerry Dean Huskey

Patrolman Jerry Dean Huskey

Gatlinburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, June 14, 1975

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Jerry Dean Huskey

Patrolman Jerry Huskey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect for drug possession on current-day East Parkway in Gatlinburg.

After finding drugs in one of the suspects' socks, Patrolman Huskey was searching the suspect's other sock when the suspect snatched the Patrolman's service weapon from the holster. The suspect resisted arrest and shot Patrolman Huskey in the ensuing struggle. The suspect fled the scene but was run down by a civilian near the scene and arrested by another officer.

On September 30, 1976, the 20-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled at some point after his last mug shot on June 16, 2020.

Patrolman Huskey had served with the Gatlinburg Police Department for two years. He was survived by his parents, three brothers, and fiancée.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Paroled

narcotics, arrest attempt

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Just a minor correction. Jerry was 22 when he died - not 25.
Birth: April 10, 1953
Death: June 14, 1975

Gerald Hicks
Fellow Gatlinburg citizen

April 7, 2024

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