Updated 9/16/19 at 5:00 p.m. ET: The deceased individual has been identified as Jeffrey Michael Gibble (DOB 11/3/85), of Johnson City.
At the request of 1st District Attorney General Ken Baldwin, TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Monday morning in Elizabethton.
Preliminary information indicates that just before 2:00 a.m., an officer with the Elizabethton Police Department, on routine patrol, observed suspicious activity around a vehicle in the 700 block of East Elk Avenue. The officer made contact with a male subject and asked him to identify himself. Upon being confronted, the man ran, leading the officer on a foot pursuit. A second officer caught up to the man in the 200 block of Academy Street and attempted to take him into custody. For reasons still under investigation, during the encounter, the man pulled a gun and fired at the officer. Both officers returned fire, striking the subject. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Efforts to positively identify the man remain ongoing. No officers were injured during the incident.
This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation, as TBI Special Agents, assisted by a team of Forensic Scientists, gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. 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.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.