Investigator Frank Thomas Maynard

Investigator Frank Thomas Maynard

Dyersburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 25, 1975

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Frank Thomas Maynard

Investigator Maynard was shot and killed while chasing a suspect he had witnessed fire-bombing the federal building in downtown Dyersburg at 0100 hours. The suspect thought he was being watched by the FBI and mistakenly bombed the Social Security Administration's office thinking it was the FBI's office. Investigator Maynard was in plainclothes in an unmarked patrol car when he witnessed the act and gave chase to the suspect.

As Investigator Maynard came around the corner in front of the bus station the suspect had already exited his car and was waiting with a high-powered rifle. The suspect opened fire, shooting through the patrol car door and striking Investigator Maynard in the left side. He was able to radio that he had been shot but had died before other officers arrived. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

On October 26, 1976, the suspect, 43, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years. He died in prison from cancer in July of 1983.

Investigator Maynard had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his son and two daughters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

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