At the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon in Greeneville.
Preliminary information indicates that just after 5:30 this afternoon, the Greeneville Police Department received a report of a hit-and-run incident in the parking lot of Lowe’s, located along East Andrew Johnson Highway. The incident was reportedly domestic in nature and involved a male subject targeting a woman he had been dating.
While investigating the incident, Greeneville officers received information that the male subject involved in the hit- and-run was headed back to the scene.
Officers encountered the man, identified as Travis Mullins (DOB 04/16/90), who was dressed in a Cocke County Sheriff’s Office uniform and armed with a gun. One of the Greeneville officers made contact with Mullins, disarmed him, and attempted to arrest him. At some point, for reasons still under investigation, Mullins was able to get back inside his vehicle and grab another firearm. At that point, Mullins reportedly pointed the gun at the officers, resulting in one of the officers firing shots, striking Mullins. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mullins was employed as a corrections officer with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and was off-duty at the time of the incident.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation, as TBI Special Agents work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. As in any case, TBI’s investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective agency.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted on TBINewsroom.com.