Sheriff’s office mourning the loss of one of their own. Deputy Haynes – your life mattered.

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LOUDON COUNTY, TN – The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their deputies over the weekend. 

In a Facebook post, the department announced the passing of Corrections Deputy Victor Haynes. 

“Sheriff Tim Guider and Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis announced earlier today that LCSO Corrections Deputy Victor Haynes had been discovered deceased at his residence in Knoxville from natural causes.
 
Deputy Haynes served Loudon County as a Corrections Deputy and had a reputation for being kind and funny according to his colleagues who served beside him.
 
“‘At an agency our size, each member of this sheriff’s office is a piece of this family, and Victor certainly did his part to bring a lot of positive and good to our family’, said Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis.
 
“Our agency is hurting and mourning the loss of Deputy Haynes and we want his family to know that we mourn for them as well as they navigate these difficult times.”

 
Below is Deputy Haynes’s Obituary Information.
 
“Mr. Victor Haynes age 58 of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2020. He was employed with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Victor was a 1980 Graduate of Campbell County High School, and attended the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech University.
 
“He was a proud youth sports coach and enjoyed watching football and basketball. Preceded in death by Grandfather and Grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Rose Ella Haynes, Aunt, Carolyn Haynes, Uncles, Henry Haynes, Jr., Larry Haynes, Luther Haynes, and Stanley Haynes.
 
“Funeral Services were held today at 2:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis King officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family received friends from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Monday before funeral services.”

The thoughts and prayers of those of us at Law Enforcement Today are with Deputy Haynes family and the LCSO. 
 
Sadly, Law Enforcement Today has reported on another recent death in the law enforcement family. This time, it was a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
 

Officer Ian Andrew Barnhart of the Oskaloosa Police Department (OPD) was determined to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 18, according to a press release published by the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

 

Posted by Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, June 20, 2020

 

The body of the 23-year-old Officer was discovered after a late-night welfare check by fellow OPD officers at his residence in the 100-block of College Avenue. The body of Officer Barnhart was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an official Autopsy.

According to the MCSO, preliminary investigation determined that Barnhart “passed away as a result of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Dewayne Walter, Barnhart’s uncle, gave an interview with KCWI in which he described his nephew as a “happy-go-lucky kid” while growing up, and a “multi-sport athlete” in high school. Walter went on to say that Barnhart had always wanted to be a police officer, and that he was studying Criminal Justice at community college when he was sworn in to the OPD in 2018.

Walter said:

“There’s a lot of questions that they’re never going to get answers to, and probably the hardest thing right now for them is not being able to have that closure.”

The OPD released a statement on Facebook saying that they were “heart-broken as a Department.”

Officer Barnhart’s death comes in the wake of massive backlash against police all across the country.

There is a fear that this added pressure will cause an uptick in the already very high suicide rate of police officers in America.

According to Blue H.E.L.P, a non-profit that tracks police suicides, 228 officers died as a result of suicide in 2019. Alternatively, 132 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2019.

Barnhart’s uncle encouraged those experiencing difficulty to reach out for help:

“Talk to somebody. You can’t reiterate that enough.  If you’re having issues, no matter who it is, call. Talk to somebody.”

According to his obituary, Officer Barnhart leaves behind parents, stepparents, grandparents, and siblings. Additionally, he is survived by many extended family members and friends.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please reach out or encourage them to do so. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, it’s a sign of strength.

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