A man fired a weapon at officers on East Drive in Clinton on Wednesday night, and one of the officers fired back, hitting the man, who died, according to preliminary information from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The three Clinton Police Department officers were not injured, the TBI said. The three officers were at the home in the 1000 block of East Drive after receiving information that a male subject with outstanding warrants was at the residence, the TBI said.
“Upon arrival, officers confirmed the individual was at the home and attempted to take him into custody,” the TBI said. “The subject attempted to evade officers by climbing out a window. At some point during the encounter, the subject fired a weapon at officers, which resulted in one of the officers returning fire, striking the subject. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers were not injured.”
East Drive is near the intersection of State Route 61 (North Charles J. Seivers Boulevard) and J.D. Yarnell Industrial Parkway in Clinton.
TBI special agents are investigating the officer-involved shooting at the request of Seventh Judicial District Attorney General Dave Clark. The shooting was reported just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
At about 2 a.m. Thursday, the TBI said the investigation remains active and ongoing.
“Special agents continue to interview witnesses relevant to the investigation,” the TBI said. “TBI special agent forensic scientists with the Violent Crime Response Team also responded and will be collecting evidence and processing the scene throughout the night. As in any case, our investigative findings will be shared with the district attorney general throughout the process for his consideration and review.”
The TBI said its policy is not to identify the officers involved in these types of incidents, and it instead refers questions of that nature to the respective departments.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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