The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and our city are mourning the death of Madison Precinct Officer Eric Mumaw, an 18-year veteran who gave his life this morning in service to his community.
A memorial service for Officer Mumaw is scheduled for noon Monday at Cornerstone Church, 726 W. Old Hickory Boulevard in Madison. Visitation will precede the service from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Officer Mumaw loved this city and very much enjoyed working the overnight shift at the Madison Precinct,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Our department and Nashville have suffered the great loss of a true public servant.”
Investigative interviews that have been conducted in regard to Officer Mumaw’s death have given detectives a scenario of what took place before sunrise on the boat ramp at the edge of the Cumberland River at Peeler Park.
At 4:16 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a call from a family member of Juli Glisson, 40, who said Glisson was in a car on the boat ramp and had a history of being suicidal. Officers Mumaw, Nick Diamond and Trent Craig responded. When they arrived, they saw Glisson’s car at the bottom of the boat ramp at the edge of the Cumberland River. The officers tried to convince Glisson to get out of the car for several minutes. Officer Diamond was on the passenger side while Officers Mumaw and Craig spoke with Glisson through the driver’s side window. As Officer Craig reached in to prevent Glisson from putting the car into gear, Officer Mumaw tried to open her door. It is believed that Glisson then put the car into gear and it headed into the river. Officers Mumaw and Diamond went with the car and lost their balance when they stepped off of the submerged end of the boat ramp. The two were pulled further into the river by the car. Diamond regained some control and reached for Officer Mumaw who was drifting further into the river. Officer Diamond lost a slight grip that he had on Officer Mumaw. Officer Craig ran along the riverbank for a short distance, saw the top of Officer Mumaw’s head, and jumped into the water, which came up to his neck. The water temperature and conditions were too much to overcome, and Officer Craig was forced to get out of the water.
Fire Department personnel quickly responded in boats, along with the Office of Emergency Management. Glisson was found on the riverbank around a bend from the boat ramp after she apparently swam from the car. Officer Mumaw’s body was discovered by a Fire Department diver just after 8 a.m. less than 100 yards from the boat ramp.
Officer Diamond was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was treated and released. Officer Craig was treated at the scene and did not go to a hospital.
Glisson was transported to Skyline Medical Center. She showed clear signs of intoxication and is being further evaluated at a hospital. She remains under criminal investigation.
Officer Mumaw is the 18th MNPD officer to die in the line of duty since Nashville’s Metropolitan government came into existence in 1963. Prior to today, Officer Michael Petrina was the last officer to be killed in service to the city. He was struck by a motorhome while assisting in the investigation of an I-65 vehicle crash on May 10, 2014.