At the request of 6th District Attorney General Charme Allen, TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting of a man during an interaction with deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday morning, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspicious activity in the area of Lexington Drive. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a man and woman. At some point during the interaction, and for reasons still under investigation, one deputy fired a shot, striking the man. The male and female fled the scene in a vehicle before crashing at the intersection of Simmons Road and Lexington Drive. Both individuals ran from the vehicle, but deputies quickly apprehended them. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The woman was also transported to a hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the incident. No deputies were injured.
TBI agents continue to work to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her review and consideration. 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 with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead, refers questions of that nature to the respective department to answer as it sees fit.
Any available updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.