Deputy John Wayne Musice
End of Watch: July 9, 2003
Deputy John Musice of the Wilson County Sheriff's Department was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by officers on I- 40 while attempting to lay down spike strips near exit 226. The chase had originally gone through Knoxville, but officers called off the pursuit and notified other agencies along the highway. When the vehicle entered Wilson County, officers resumed the pursuit again at speeds reaching 140 mph. The two female occupants of the fleeing vehicle were injured in the incident and taken into custody at a local hospital. On June 30, 2004, the driver of the vehicle was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and received two life sentences. Deputy Musice was 49 years old and had been with the Wilson County Sheriff's Dept. for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, six children, and twelve grandchildren.