Son of Pigeon Forge Police Chief found dead in jail

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The son of Pigeon Forge's Police Chief is dead tonight following an apparent suicide in the Sevier County Jail.

Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals says Bradley Baldwin, 36, was found dead in his cell shortly after 4:00 p.m.

Police sources confirm he is the son of Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin.

Bradley Baldwin was once a police officer himself.

Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins says he was an officer for about six or seven years during the 1990's.

Seals says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate although he believes there is no sign of foul play.

Bradley Baldwin was in the jail on theft charges.

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  • by Tom Location: Sevierville on Nov 27, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    I worked with Brad for about a year (2000-2001). He was a great forgiving person. I found out of his untimely death a few weeks ago. Forgive me Brad for not realizing that you had a drug problem. I will never forget you.
  • by june marie Location: pigeon forge on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:38 AM
    He was a very troubled man because he was a drug addict. He knew he had a problem but it was stronger than he was. He was a wonderful person, he'd give you the shirt off his back. I think if more addressed the problems instead of acting like they aren't there we might be able to help more. His death comes as a shock to me but he is in a better place now where he is free of his addiction. He will be missed very much.
  • by Local Resident Location: Blount County on Jan 20, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    Although I feel very sorry for this family's loss, I also feel that it is very important to bring the story out to the public. Obviously there are underlying problems at this facility that need to be addressed. I hope there will be a complete investigation at this county jail. If he was a troubled man then he should have been on some kind of suicide watch. Where were the guard's when this tragedy was taking place? Hopefully this will be a wake up call to the county officials that there is a true problem at this facility. Who knows,maybe something good can come out of such a sad story.
  • by Glynn Location: Sevierville on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    This is such a tragedy but maybe it will open a real investigation into the other young man's death in the jail and the mysterious actions of the Sheriff during that time. It seems strange that Sheriff Seals was forced to give a simple statement about Baldwin's death.
  • by jereme Location: strawberry plains on Jan 17, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    brad was a very close freind of mine and i would have trusted him with my life so dont beleive what the county says about him. he was one of the best freinds a man could have. i personaly hope the family sues the city for wrongful death, witch they could very easily win. we've lost a fine human being, and there is no reason for it
  • by nicky Location: strawberry plains on Jan 17, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    This sounds like a very troubled man.
  • by Some one in Tennessee Location: TN on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    I think it is a shame that this is posted as news, give a family a chance to just try to deal with this tragedy.


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