Tenn. deputy fatally shot while responding to domestic disturbance

Deputy Matthew Locke was remembered for his dedication and courage

Duty Death: Matthew Locke - [Hardin County, Tennessee]

End of Service: 09/25/2021

By Suzie Ziegler 

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is mourning Deputy Matthew Locke, who was shot and killed Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance. 

According to WREG Memphis, responding officers were met by the suspect, Todd Stricklin, who refused to drop his gun. Stricklin shot Locke and ran away into the woods but was captured hours later. 

Locke was taken to a hospital where he died, WREG reported. 

“We remember Deputy Locke for his selfless dedication, absolute courage and unparalleled commitment,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Our community has lost a hero. Our department has lost a brother. We will never forget Deputy Locke, and we are all forever in debt for his sacrifice.” 

Stricklin has been charged with first-degree murder. 



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