Updated 5/27/17 at 2:33 p.m.: The deceased individual has been identified as Ron Harlan Lewallen, DOB: 12/7/86, from Dalton, GA.
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday morning in Oneida.
Preliminary information indicates that just before 12:30 EST, two deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and one officer with the Oneida Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling south on Alberta Street. The driver didn’t immediately stop and continued on until he reached the parking lot of a business located at the intersection of Alberta Street and Depot Street. Officers then approached the vehicle and removed a female passenger from the car. The driver of the vehicle refused to comply with commands and accelerated, driving toward officers and nearly striking them. Officers fired shots toward the vehicle, which left the parking lot and continued to travel north on Alberta Street for a short distance before crashing. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
A team of Agents and Forensic Scientists worked throughout the night conducting interviews and collecting any and all relevant evidence. As in any case, our investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.
As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.
Any additional updates on this incident will be posted to this online article.