Knoxville police officer killed in Sevier motorcycle wreck

Knoxville police officer killed in Sevier County motorcycle wreck

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Officer David Russel Munson (source: Knoxville Police Department) Officer David Russel Munson (source: Knoxville Police Department)
"Even if I knew when I got married that he would be taken away, I would still have married him because the five and a half years I've had was amazing," said Christina Munson. "Even if I knew when I got married that he would be taken away, I would still have married him because the five and a half years I've had was amazing," said Christina Munson.
"Very well-respected, hardworking officer, very much loved by his peers," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. "Very well-respected, hardworking officer, very much loved by his peers," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville police officer was killed during his off-duty hours Monday in a motorcycle wreck in Sevier County.

Officer David Russel Munson, 27, of Dandridge, died at the scene of the wreck around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Douglas Dam Road and Haggard Road.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report, Munson was driving his 2011 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on State Highway 338/Douglas Dam Road when he lost control of the motorcycle, ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Troopers say Munson was wearing a helmet.

Officer Munson graduated from the Academy in December 2011. He was a patrol officer assigned to the East District.

Christina Munson says she had been with Officer Munson for 10 years and married for five years.

"Even if I knew when I got married that he would be taken away, I would still have married him because the five and a half years I've had was amazing," said Mrs. Munson.  

Officer Munson leaves behind his wife, two siblings, a mother and father. The family lives on the Mountain Lake Ranch outside of Dandridge.  

Munson's squad car is still parked in front of the couple's home.  

Munson was a 2005 graduate of Seymour Community Christian Academy.

"Very well-respected, hardworking officer, very much loved by his peers," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

Rausch says Munson was very excited to be a police officer and loved his job. Officer Munson was recently nominated to be KPD's officer of the month.

Munson was honored on Facebook Tuesday; his badge number 2123 became ingrained into many profile pictures of friends and law enforcement officials.  

The flags in front of KPD Headquarters were raised at half-staff in honor of Munson.

Family and friends say Munson loved his street bike, the very one that cost him his life.  

His wife says Munson was coming back from eating dinner with a friend when the crash happened.

THP says the accident is still under investigation.

Officer Munson is an organ donor.

"He's impacted someone's life in a good way. If anything, I think he's fulfilled his reason to help people," said Mrs. Munson.  

Officer Munson will receive a full honor service.  

The receiving of friends will be Thursday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chilhowee Hills Baptist church on Asheville Highway.  

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday the next day at Chilhowee Hills.  He will be buried at Seymour Memory Garden.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero issued a statement late Tuesday morning about Munson's death:

"I am very saddened to learn of Officer Munson's death. I know he loved his job, and he provided great service to the Knoxville Police Department and the people of Knoxville. On behalf of his colleagues, Police Chief David Rausch, and all of us in the administration, I want to thank his family and loved ones for his service, and convey our sorrow at his loss."

Munson is the first active duty KPD officer to be killed since 1986.  

Officer Tony Williams was shot and killed while he was off-duty, which happened the same year Munson was born.

6 News Reporter MIKE KRAFCIK contributed to this report.

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