At the request of 11th District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, Special Agents and Forensic Scientists from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal officer-involved shooting overnight in Hamilton County.
Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred shortly after midnight eastern at a home in the 9100 block of Broyles Drive, where three deputies responded to reports of a disorderly subject. When they arrived, deputies encountered a man, identified as Charles Bradley Payne (DOB: 9/9/76), who was armed with a baseball bat. During the exchange, Payne dropped the bat, but brandished a knife, escalating the situation and resulting in one deputy firing his service weapon, striking Payne, who died at the scene. No law enforcement officers sustained injuries in the incident.
Agents and Forensic Scientists continue to work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. As in any case, the TBI acts as an independent fact-finder. Investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his further review and consideration.
As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the law enforcement officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to the appropriate department.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.