At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon in LaFollette.
Preliminary information indicates that just after 2:30 PM EST, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a possible shooting at 116 Chapman Crest Drive. Campbell County deputies along with a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and an agent with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) responded to the home. Upon arrival, authorities made contact with a male subject, identified as Michael Heatherly (DOB 4/17/54). At some point during the confrontation, Mr. Heatherly pointed a gun at officers. The trooper, DTF agent, and one deputy fired shots, striking Heatherly. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. No officers were injured during the incident. Upon making entry into the home, officers located Michael Heatherly’s wife, Rose Heatherly, deceased.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing. Special Agents continue to conduct interviews relevant to the investigation. TBI Special Agent-Forensic Scientists with the Violent Crime Response Team also responded and will be collecting evidence and processing the scene throughout the evening. 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 departments.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.