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City of Winchester and Police Officer Sued

24-year-old Johnny Baldwin of Warrenville, Illinois, drowned in Tims Ford’s Boiling Fork Creek back in June of this year.

Apparently before the drowning Baldwin was attempting to evade police in a vehicle chase that began in Decherd and ended on foot in Winchester’s Ross Lane area.

Melissa E. George, a DuPage County, Illinois the mother of Baldwin is suing the City of Winchester and police officer Sgt. Cody Bishop.

She is suing for compensatory damages “as determined by a jury” for Bishop’s action and the city as his employer.

The lawsuit states that the city should have its officers trained in water-rescue tactics, and Bishop, as a police officer, should have been able to swim.

In our report in June, Winchester Police Chief Ritchie Lewis to the Herald-Chronicle that he believes his officers did what they should have done. He said the conditions were dark, the depth of the water was unknown.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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