Davidson County, TN - Davidson County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gilmore, 26, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, from injuries sustained in a traffic crash. He was off-duty at the time.
Deputy Gilmore was returning from the St. Louis area where he had been visiting family, according to Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall.
His 2013 Chevrolet Impala struck a tractor-trailer from behind and became lodged underneath the trailer, according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), who is conducting the investigation. Deputy Gilmore was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he later died, Sheriff Hall said.
Impairment due to either drugs or alcohol of Deputy Gilmore or the tractor trailer driver is not suspected, according to the THP. The other driver isn't facing charges.
Sheriff Hall said that he believed Deputy Gilmore may have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to the Tennessean. The THP was unable to confirm whether their investigators suspected the same.
"All indications are he may have fallen asleep (after) a holiday visit with his family," the sheriff said.
Shortly before the crash, Deputy Gilmore had spoken with a fellow officer and mentioned how tired he was, Sheriff Hall said.
"Sad to inform that we lost Officer Gilmore this morning....his injuries were too significant to overcome.....by all accounts he was a fantastic officer and fantastic person...I ask that you pray for his family and colleagues....our hearts are heavy...RIP Officer Gilmore."
Sheriff Hall described Deputy Gilmore as a "very good officer and good person." He had served with the sheriff's department for 11 months, assigned to booking at the Hill Detention Center, and had planned to join the Metro Nashville Police Department in July, according to WSMP.
He had a girlfriend who is also employed by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Hall said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Davidson County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gilmore, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.