Investigator James Kenneth Kennedy

Investigator James Kenneth Kennedy

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 27, 1984

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James Kenneth Kennedy

Investigator Kennedy was shot and killed as he and another deputy investigated a stolen car complaint at a hotel in Knoxville.

As Investigator Kennedy attempted to force the door open the suspect inside opened fire, striking him four times. Despite the wounds, Investigator Kennedy was able to force the door open, but the suspect was able to close it again, keeping the other officers outside. The suspect then intentionally shot Investigator Kennedy in an area not protected by his vest.

The suspect then committed suicide.

Investigator Kennedy was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Remembering that fateful night on this Peace Officer Memorial Day. RIP, Jim.

Detective B. J. Thompson
Knox County, TN Sheriff's Office (Retired)

May 15, 2018

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