At the request of 23rd Judicial District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting Monday night in Erin.
Initial reports indicate that shortly after 9 p.m. CT, an Erin police officer attempted to make a traffic stop of a driver on Highway 149 near Substation Loop. The driver pulled over in a parking area in the 300-block of Highway 149 and got out of his vehicle. Preliminary reports from the scene indicate that when the officer instructed the man to return to his vehicle, the individual fired into the officer’s squad car, injuring the officer. The officer returned fired, and the man ran into a wooded area, still carrying a firearm. The officer was transported by helicopter to a Nashville hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries. The unidentified shooter has not been located at this time, and is the subject of a search by local and state law enforcement agencies.
TBI agents are working 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 his further 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.