Detective James David Mandrell

Detective James David Mandrell

Sumner County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, June 28, 1988

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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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