CLIFTON, TN (WSMV) – A Clifton man was arrested after the shooting death of a Hardin County MP on Saturday night.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Todd Alan Stricklin, 48, was charged with first degree murder after shooting the deputy just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander said Deputy Matthew Locke was killed in the shooting.
Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Locke was gunned down by Todd Stricklin in response to a domestic disturbance call near Clifton.
“Hardin County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke was assisting another deputy regarding a domestic disturbance appeal when he was the victim of senseless gunfire. Deputy Locke ultimately succumbed to the wounds he tragically suffered while serving and protecting his community with honor and distinction, ”Alexander said in a press release.
Alexander said that in addition to being a deputy, Locke was also a member of the Tennessee National Guard.
“Our country has lost a hero. Our department has lost a brother. We will never forget Deputy Locke, and we are all in debt forever for his sacrifice, ”said Alexander. “On behalf of myself and everyone with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, we extend our deepest condolences to Deputy Locke’s family members, friends and loved ones. I also want to express my support, care and concern to all members of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Savannah City Police Department and our surrounding colleagues from other departments as you are being unfairly forced. to mourn this tragic loss. “
“Last night I was informed that Hardin County MP Matthew Locke was killed while assisting another MP on a family disturbance appeal. County Mayor Kevin Davis said said in a statement. “Deputy Locke was an MP and soldier who served his community and country with honor, courage, commitment, dedication and dedication. Deputy Locke was known to be a fearless warrior with a servant’s heart. Our community has lost a hero and a family will never be the same again, all because of this senseless tragedy. “
The TBI said deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Clifton Police Department were dispatched to the 3000 block of Nance Bend Road in reference to domestic unrest. Upon arrival, officers contacted Stricklin, who was armed with a handgun. Officers ordered Stricklin to drop the gun, but he refused. As a Hardin County deputy approached the house to assist him, the TBI said Stricklin shot him. The deputy was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Todd Stricklin has been charged with first degree murder after he shot a Hardin County MP.
Stricklin ran from the scene into a wooded area. Many law enforcement agencies have responded to help with the search. Stricklin was located hours later and taken into custody by Tennessee Highway Patrol soldiers.
Stricklin was held in Hardin County Jail and transferred to Chester County Jail after his arrest. Hardin County District Attorney Matthew Stowe said he had assembled a “death penalty team” to investigate.
“After learning the details of the shooting, I activated the death penalty team who will review the evidence and charges to determine if this shooting by a law enforcement officer meets the standard. ‘capital murder,’ said prosecutor Matthew Stowe.
“We will not allow a murder to go unpunished in the 24th Judicial District,” said DA Stowe. “As other areas of the country fight against the lawlessness and activists who encourage violence against the police, the residents of our district of western Tennessee strongly support our officers and the rule of law.”
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