UPDATE: Sunday, November 4th, 8:10 PM Central: After being released from the hospital today, Timothy Ledford was booked into the Bedford County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Assault in connection to the initial shooting in this incident. Bond was set at $1 million. The TBI investigation remains active and ongoing.
At the request of 17th District Attorney General Rob Carter, TBI Agents continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting this morning in Bedford County.
Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred shortly before 5:00 AM at a home in the 100 block of Higgins Road in Wartrace, and involved deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier in the night, deputies responded to a call of a shooting at the home. When they arrived, deputies found a man, lying in the yard, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. As deputies attempted to render aid, a man – identified as Timothy Ledford (DOB 8-5-62) – began firing multiple rounds at deputies from inside the front door of the home. At least two deputies returned fire. Ledford sustained at least one gunshot wound in the exchange and retreated into the home. During the incident, deputies removed the injured man from the immediate area and medics later transported him to the hospital. No law enforcement officers sustained injury in this incident.
After retreating into the home, a standoff with Ledford ensued, involving the Bedford County SWAT Team, the Shelbyville Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. After several hours, Ledford surrendered. Authorities arrested him and medics transported him to the hospital.
TBI Special Agents, assisted by a team of Forensic Scientists, continue to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation. As in any case, TBI’s 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 updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.