Patrolman Glayton Mitchell Parker

Patrolman Glayton Mitchell Parker

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, May 31, 1990

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Glayton Mitchell Parker

Deputy Glayton Parker was shot in the face and killed with a high powered rifle while attempting to serve a misdemeanor warrant because the suspect failed to show up for a court-ordered mental evaluation.

After more than two years of mental evaluations, the supect was determined to be competent and a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. The conviction and life sentence was reversed two years later. He was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute.

He is survived by his mother and two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge C-8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed

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On 05/31/1990, Is a day that forever was burnt into my memory, I was Charlie 10 and Glayton was Charlie 8 we worked Bloomingdale and Lynn Garden zones. On that day it was very hot we had been in Lynn Garden on a DTF rade and after that we were going to signal 8 and get something to drink, so I went to pickup Alan Cross who was a reserve deputy who wanted to ride with I told Glayton I was in route to pickup him up and and then we would signal 8 and get something cold to drink see we hadn't had bullett proof vest very long they were hot and heavy. So as we went 1098 from the drug rade I went to pickup Alan and I guess Glayton thought well I'll go serve this warrant real quick since it was only for harassing phone calls. As pulled up into Alan driveway I heard the words signal 9 come across the radio to me which meant officer down and it was Charlie 8, I responded leaving Alan standing there as he was walking out his back door. I was there within 3 minutes.....the 3 minutes that haunt me to this day. As pulled up I saw his feet laying outside the door way. And a Kingsport City Officer had responded also we were taking cover as the suspect wasnt to be seen. Within another 4 minutes the area was covered by numerous officers City and County we began approaching the house and suspect was apprehend, I proceeded to my best friend and partner laying there I put my arms around him ....its was to late he was gone....!!! And this was the day that forever changed my life...the remorse that I was there the what if's ...all the things that go though your mind. See Glayton had a passion for photography and I also enjoyed it we would talk about that and just chat, I would go over to his place and we grilled out...he was way more than a co worker..partner he was a mentor to all of us. You see it's been 29yrs ago since this day and I remember it as if it was 10 seconds ago. I have since long left the Sheriffs office went over seas and worked as PMC and came home started a new career....I've seen all the death here and abroad I want to. So I moved to the midwest and now at 60yrs old, I miss my friend and the ones that I knew that have since paid the ultimate sacrifice.
So the next time you see a officer remember he is doing his job...there is good and bad in all ppl, officers have bad days to they are human so dont think your alone in this mean world they deal with it everyday not knowing when they kiss their wife, child or loved if they will ever walk back though that door to see them again.
In closing I wish to thank all my former officers on Charlie shift.
Tim Miller FTO
SGT. John Young
Capt. Junior Waye
Joey Strickler
Mark Baird
Sgt. Paul Taylor
And all of the old Charlie Shift.
Some of you have passed on and for those still among us...I honestly think of each of you everyday. Alan Cross was one of the best reserve officers I've ever known also Alan Randolph both outstanding among Greg R. White. You all are not only remembered this day but every day.
My God bless each of you and this is my reflection of 29 yrs ago this day.
Always your friend and partner old Charlie 10, Joe Delp.

Joe Delp
Former Patrolman aka Charlie "10.

May 31, 2019

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