Police tape cordoned off a large section of the Governor’s Crossing Mall parking lot next to Texas Roadhouse in Sevierville on Wednesday night as authorities investigated a shooting involving a Sevier County Sheriff’s deputy and a wanted individual the officer was trying to apprehend.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that a Sevier County deputy was attempting to apprehend an alleged wanted individual when the subject tried to flee. The suspect’s Jeep Cherokee crashed into the deputy’s cruiser. The subject then tried to run from the scene and brandished a firearm in the general direction of the deputy.
“The situation escalated and resulted in the deputy firing his weapon, striking the subject,” said Susan Niland, public information officer for the TBI. “Both the subject and the deputy were transported to separate hospitals. At this time, their conditions are unknown.”
It is the agency’s policy not to identify the officer involved in the shooting. They will release the subject’s name after appropriate notification of next-of-kin.
TBI Special Agents are investigating the shooting at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn. TBI agents and a team of forensic scientists were at the scene late into the evening gathering relevant interviews and evidence in connection with the investigation and will submit their findings to the District Attorney General for review.
Bob Stahlke, spokesperson for the Sevierville Police Department, confirmed that while the incident occurred in Sevierville, no officers from the city’s department were involved.