Officer Memorial

Officer Tim Hunt

Date of Death: April 20, 2000

A collision between a police motorcycle and a pickup truck on Alcoa Highway, Wednesday, April 19, 2000, left an Alcoa officer in critical condition. Sergeant (Sgt.) Tim Hunt, 31, was on patrol duty and traveling south on Alcoa Highway at about 9:40 a.m. when a 1988 Chevrolet C-1500 pickup truck pulled out of Singleton Station Road in front of the officer. Hunt was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

On April 20, 2000 Sgt. Tim Hunt passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. 
Alcoa police Department Sergeant Tim Hunt

Officer Fred Guffey

Date of Death: August 31, 1952

Officer Fred Guffey, 33-year old Alcoa policeman, was shot and killed on August 31, 1952 by 28-year old Mitchell (Jack) McKinney, an ex-convict, after the officer attempted to arrest McKinney on a charge of possessing moonshine whiskey. Officer Guffey had been an Alcoa officer less than a year when he was killed. Guffey was a veteran of 13 years in the Army. During the war, he served with an anti-aircraft unit in the Pacific.

Officer Guffey was arresting McKinney, and working alone, when McKinney threw a jar of whiskey on the ground and grabbed the officer’s pistol from its holster and shot him. He then fired a second bullet - which missed the policeman. The bullet which took the young policeman’s life entered his right breast, ranged upward and struck his jugular vein.

Immediately after the shooting, McKinney fled with Guffey’s pistol and went to a home on Fulton Street, where he attempted to borrow a car. He was refused admittance and fled again taking refuge a coal bin in the neighborhood.
Alcoa Police Department Officer Fred Guffey
Maryville Policeman C.C. Byrd was the first to answer the emergency call in Alcoa. He arrived about two minutes after the first radio report. Guffey was taken by ambulance by Blount Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

At that time the most extensive manhunt in Blount County history was launched to attempt the capture of the fugitive. Within the hour a dragnet was organized by more than 50 uniformed men (20 Highway Patrolmen and personnel of the Alcoa, Blount County and Maryville law enforcement departments). Police checked every taxi call during the day to make sure that McKinney was not attempting to flee. Also during the search, two airplanes from the airport were used to scout the wooded area where McKinney was thought to be. In addition, scores of armed civilians joined in the search. While roadblocks were set up at all highway exits from Alcoa, searchers with bloodhounds, brought from LaFollette, closed in on the wooded area near the scene of the shooting. During the course of the search, numerous tips were received that McKinney had been spotted. The “pay off” tip came in that McKinney had been seen entering a church basement of a local Presbyterian Church about one block from the spot the shooting took place. Eight hours later, McKinney was located in the church basement by officers and was captured. He then told an officer where he had hidden the policeman’s gun.

In December of that year, Mitchell (Jack) McKinney was charged with fatally shooting Fred Guffey and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

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