Investigator James Kenneth Kennedy

Investigator James Kenneth Kennedy

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 27, 1984

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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Hi Kyle

When I knew your Uncle Jim he was working out of the mason Dist. sub-station and I was working in the 911 communications center (EOC) from 1979 to 1982. Everyone liked Officer Kennedy and his partner Officer Randazzo. After 4pm-12am shift some of Jim's squad and some dispatchers would hang out at Mason District Park. We would all elaborate on what happened that night on the street calls we dispatched them on. We had a good time unwinding. I remember when I found out he was leaving for another job and I was so sad cause he was one of the better cops. When I heard what happened to him (a few years later) I didn't believe it. To this day I want to believe he's still out there patrolling and keeping people safe. You can be proud of your uncle not only for being a great police officer but for being a great man with moral, values, and integrity. Here go the water works. Take care.

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Sherry Byrnes

May 20, 2017

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