Man charged with murder in death of Hardin Co. deputy

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 12:06 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Clifton man is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of a Hardin County deputy.

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of 48-year-old Todd Alan Stricklin.

According to a TBI press release, it happened during a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 3000 block of Nance Bend Road in Clifton just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and an officer with the Clifton Police Department arrived at the scene and made contact with Stricklin, who was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Stricklin allegedly refused to drop the weapon. As Hardin County Deputy Matthew Locke approached the home to assist, Stricklin reportedly shot him.

Locke was transported to a local hospital but did not survive.

According to the release, Sticklin ran from the scene into a wooded area. A few hours later, Sticklin was located and taken into custody by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Stricklin was booked in the Hardin County Jail before being transferred to the Chester County Jail.

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