At the request of 6th District Attorney General Charme Allen, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon in Knox County.
Preliminary information indicates that just before 3:00 p.m., deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were following up on a report of a residential burglary when they encountered three subjects who fled from the scene. The search for the individuals led deputies to a business in the 6700 block of Central Avenue Pike, where one of the subjects ran into the bathroom, and a second one ran out the door. Deputies ordered the man in the bathroom to come out. According to reports from the scene, as the subject walked out, a confrontation occurred. The situation escalated and the male subject, identified as Solyman Murray (DOB 3/10/97), reportedly reached for a gun in his waistband, resulting in one deputy firing a shot, striking him. Murray was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing, as TBI Agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her further review and consideration.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and, instead, refer questions of that nature to their respective department to answer as it sees fit.
As a reminder, the TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests solely with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.
Any updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.