At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances involving an officer-involved shooting in Dickson County Friday afternoon.
The initial investigation indicates that two Hickman County deputies were looking for an individual who had outstanding warrants out of Hickman County, at an address on Porter Road in Burns, TN. Deputies saw that man arrive in a vehicle at that location, and attempted to take him into custody. The man refused their commands, and put the car into reverse. The investigation indicates the individual then drove in the direction of the officers at a high rate of speed. Officers fired shots at the vehicle, but the driver continued, hitting the officers’ car, and another vehicle. The driver continued driving through a field until the car wrecked into a tree. At that point, the man got out of the vehicle, saying he had a gun. Officers deployed a taser to subdue the man, and took him into custody.
That individual has been identified as Thomas Potts, DOB 10-16-75.
Neither Potts nor the deputies sustained any injuries.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Throughout the process, Agents will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his review and consideration. The TBI does not identify officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com as they are available.