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Hero Down: Manchester PD Capt. Chris Patterson Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Manchester, TN – Manchester Police Department (MPD) Captain Christopher “Chris” Patterson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Oct. 16.

The 42-year-old captain’s body was discovered inside his truck on Blue Creek Road, WTVF reported.

Police confirmed early in the investigation that no foul play was suspected.

Following an autopsy on Sunday, Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin confirmed that Capt. Patterson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, WTVF reported.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of a brother officer, Captain Chris Patterson of the Manchester Police Department,” the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) said in a Facebook post on Oct. 17. “Our condolences to his family as well as his work family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Capt. Patterson served the MPD for over 10 years, and was third in command at the time of his death, WTVF reported.

A coworker who spent eight years working alongside the beloved captain wrote in a memorial tribute that he was a “caring, kind and compassionate friend.”

“I’ll never forget his kindness and heart for others,” the post read. “He had a way of lifting a person up when they were upset or down with his smile, humor and little chuckle.”

Former Manchester Mayor Betty Superstein said that Capt. Patterson always greeted her with a hug and smile, even after she was no longer working for the city.

“Such a loss [for] all of us,” Superstein wrote in a memorial tribute.

Capt. Patterson leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Veronica, as well as his children, Alli and Jax, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Capt. Patterson was laid to rest on Wednesday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Manchester Police Department Captain Christopher “Chris” Patterson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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