Tennessee police officer dead after being found unresponsive in station


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Ripley, Tennessee, police officer was reportedly pronounced dead after he was found unconscious in the police station Wednesday night.

According to the Ripley Police Department, a staff member found Officer Tim Mullen unresponsive in the station at around 11:17 p.m. First responders made the scene and transported Mullen to the hospital.

Police say emergency crews were not able to revive him.

Ripley Police say Mullen had been employed with the department for more than a decade. He previously worked as a deputy for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department.

The department said Mullen was “an amazing police officer, a friend to many, and a wonderful husband.”

“Officer Tim Mullen will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the Ripley Police Department and this community,” the department said in a release.

According to Mayor Craig Fitzhugh, Mullen suffered from various medical complications, which likely played a role in his death. 

“It was a tragic thing and sad thing and a unexpected thing for us,” Fitzhurgh said. “He actually got sick there right in the police station, and he’s quite a mark of a good officer.”

Ripley Police say funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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