Detective James David Mandrell

Detective James David Mandrell

Sumner County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, June 28, 1988

James David Mandrell

Detective Mandrell was shot and killed in an ambush while working undercover on a cattle rustling case. As he entered a barn he was shot in the back by a juvenile suspect who was hiding in a stable approximately ten feet away. After falling to the ground the suspect walked up to him and shot him again in the face with a 30-06 rifle.
Detective Mandrell had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.06
  • Offender Not available

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Thank you for your service, Detective Mandrell. So very sorry your life was too short because of the lawlessness of a juvenile, and undoubtedly, others.


May 30, 2018

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