Sheriff Jeff Cassidy of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee sadly reports the death of Sergeant Steven Hinkle.

Sgt. Hinkle, 65, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three days earlier as he was conducting a welfare check on a resident.

Hinkle and other officers were dispatched to a residence to check on the welfare of a resident in Blountville. As the officers were approaching the residence, an occupant opened fire. All the officers took cover. The deputies then attempted to recontact the resident and announce their purpose. Upon their attempts to recontact the resident, he opened fire a second time and Hinkle was hit.

Hinkle was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center in critical condition. He underwent emergency surgery and remained in the intensive care unit until his condition deteriorated and he succumbed to his gunshot wounds three days later.

The suspect resident was found inside the house dead several hours later. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.  

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Steven Hinkle served the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department for 27 years. He served in a variety of capacities one of which was a school resource officer for several years. He recently was reassigned to the Patrol Division.

In addition to Hinkle’s service as a uniformed officer, he had previously served the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy for five years.

Sergeant Steven Hinkle is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Tuesday, February 26, 2019.