UPDATE (3/16): Batey died as a result of injuries sustained in this incident in the overnight hours from March 15th to 16th.
The information below was updated as of 1:10p.m. March 7, 2018.
At the request of District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at exit 112 off I-65 North and Highway 25 in Robertson County Tuesday.
After working through the night, and collecting and reviewing evidence and witness interviews, TBI Special Agents have determined a more detailed sequence of events that led to the shooting.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper, initially believed to have been involved in a traffic stop on Highway 25, was running radar in the median on I-65. He witnessed an SUV driving at a high rate of speed northbound, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. That vehicle got off at exit 112, ran a stop sign, and made a sharp left turn onto Highway 25. The vehicle struck a tractor trailer, and went down an embankment where it came to rest. The investigation determined that when the trooper arrived at the scene, the driver exited the vehicle and pulled a gun on the trooper. During this exchange, the trooper fired, striking the driver. The driver, identified as Montreal Lamont Batey (DOB 10/09/1989) was flown by helicopter to a Nashville hospital. The trooper was uninjured. A firearm was recovered near Batey’s vehicle.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. 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.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.