Deputy Sheriff Charles Frank Jordan

Deputy Sheriff Charles Frank Jordan

Cheatham County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, February 4, 1982

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Charles Frank Jordan

Deputy Sheriff Charles Jordan was shot and killed after responding to a burglar alarm at a pharmacy on Route 70, Pegram.

Although he was off-duty he lived nearby and was called to check the scene. When he arrived on the scene he informed dispatchers that he observed two suspects inside and that he had taken up a defensive position behind his patrol car to wait for backup officers.

A third suspect, who was acting as a lookout, approached him from behind and shot him in the back with a shotgun as he waited for the backup officers. The three suspects, who were brothers, fled the scene but were all apprehended and convicted of felony murder.

In 2000 a portion of Highway 70 in Cheatham County was renamed The Frank Jordan Memorial Highway in his memory.

Deputy Jordan was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Cheatham County Sheriff's Department for 10 months. He was survived by his mother, Reba, his sister, Pamela. and his brother, Johnny.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

burglary, off duty

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I worked as a dispatcher for the Cheatham County Sheriffs Department during Frank Jordan's short career there. Frank was an honest, dependable , gentleman who went into law enforcement to help people. I dispatched during the 4pm till midnight shift which was Frank's last shift before he was fatally shot. Frank came into the office earlier in the evening and I had the UT basketball game on the radio. When Frank went 10-10 Station R at midnight, he called me by phone to see who won the game. I had no idea that I would be logging Franks final 10-10 Station R call. I went home and took the phone off the hook and went to sleep. I'm sure Frank went to sleep too, but he was on call so he did not take his phone off the hook. Frank was called out to answer a burglar alarm call at the Pegram Pharmacy and a few minutes later he made the ultimate sacrifice in his role to protect and serve. Frank bravely gave his life in the line of duty.

Tim Ray former Dispatcher
Cheatham County Sheriffs Department

May 6, 2019

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