LYNNVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The reward for information in connection with the shooting death of James Grimes has been increased to $1 million, Giles County law enforcement officials announced Tuesday on the six-month anniversary of Grimes’ death.

James Grimes was shot and killed in his barn on his Lynnville, TN, farm on April 19, 2021.

Grimes, 62, was shot and killed inside a barn at his farm on Buford Station Road on April 19. The Giles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call around 9:40 p.m.

The initial award offered was $25,000 and it had grown to $100,000 before Tuesday’s announcement.

Dawn Grimes was supposed to feed their animals on that night. Her husband James Grimes offered to go instead. Investigators said James Grimes was shot and killed.

“In my mind, my husband gave his life for me, unknowingly, but he did,” Dawn Grimes said on Tuesday.

Grimes was a father of four and a civil leader who owned Auto Body Advantage in Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station. The Spring Hill police chief and firefighters were in the crowd Tuesday as investigators announced the new reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Grimes’ killer.

“I have faith in law enforcement. I know they’re working tirelessly, and I have faith that God is going to help us find this person and give us the information that we need to make sure they never do this to anybody ever again,” Dawn Grimes said.

Law enforcement unveil a banner announcing the reward for information in the shooting death of James Grimes is $1 million.

It’s been six months since James Grimes’ death and investigators said they do have a person of interest. What they need is help from larger law enforcement agencies with more resources.

“There’s some new technology out there that I can’t speak of because I’m not allowed to speak about it that exists,” Giles County Sheriff Lt. Shane Hunter said. “We believe that technology can propel this case to where we can make an arrest.”

The Giles County Sheriff’s Department is hoping the announcement of the reward will get national attention and that it will cause a sense of urgency.

In the meantime, Grimes’ family has to wait for the answers they desperately need, but just can’t seem to get.

“To see the coverage and the support that other cases get, while my husband was somebody to us. He wasn’t a celebrity, but he was a celebrity to us and we need that support to solve the case,” Dawn Grimes said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Giles County Sheriff’s Department at 931-363-3505 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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