Hero Down: Jacksonville PD Lt. Jason Tilley Takes His Own Life At Work

A Jacksonville police lieutenant died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on June 29.

Jacksonville, AR – Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Jason Tilley died at the police station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on June 29, according to the department.

Lt. Tilley, 42, used his duty weapon to take his own life, and passed away just after 2 p.m., the Jacksonville Police Department said in a statement, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

“We are completely devastated and greatly saddened by the turn of events,” department spokesperson April Kiser said. “We ask the community to join us in prayers for Jason Tilley’s wife, daughter, family and friends.”

The agency said administrators were aware that Lt. Tilley had been struggling with personal issues since May, and that they were in “constant communication” with him regarding his well-being as he sought the help of a therapist, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

His death is being investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Tilley, an 18-year-veteran of the force, served in the U.S. Air Force prior to his career in law enforcement, according to his obituary.

On Monday, the department posted a video of Lt. Tilley’s “escort home.”

Sirens blared as the procession passed by law enforcement officers and citizens who lined the streets. Some saluted, while others placed their hands over their hearts. An American flag was draped from a crane that stretched out over the roadway, the video showed.

“There was so much love for Jason shared,” the lieutenant’s wife, Erica Tilley, said in a Facebook post. “Every hug, every tear shed, laugh, smile, memory, picture, gift, flowers, text, call.... it all meant so much to me and our family.”

“Heartbroken doesn’t begin to describe the feeling, but all of the support and love …. I don’t know how I could get through this without it. Thank you all,” she wrote.

Lt. Tilley also leaves behind his daughter, Shelby, as well as his parents, brother, and many friends and extended family members, according to his obituary.

He was laid to rest on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Jason Tilley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

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RIP Brother, so sorry you could not find the help you needed to continue the good fight.


No one knows the effect on someones mind seeing homicides, beatings of little kids, domestic violence, being spit on and disrespected on a daily basis more than a LEO. It's so sad that he couldn't be reached and someone to help him. They see so much every day it takes a terrible tole on them. Thank you for your selfless service to your community Lt Tilley......your life, your dedication to your community will be missed by so many... and your family devistated. Rest now....... Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


This breaks my heart to see this. Prayers for the family and the fellowship of officers. As the helpline was posted, please if the thought ever enters your mind, such as what’s the point, or that you just can’t take it anymore, please stop and get help. I feel odd saying this here, but I am sure many of you reading this are officers, and I know that, this will lay heavy on your heart and it can affect how you feel. Please stay strong, stand tall and proud.


Many prayers for Lt. Tilley's family, friends, & fellow officers! Suicide is so devastating because it didn't have to happen! I hope all who survive him get the help & peace of heart & mind they so desperately need right now!


Rest in peace, sir. Praying for comfort for the families, both blood and blue.