UPDATE: TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Charleston

UPDATE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred late Saturday night in Charleston, Tennessee.

“We understand that the public wants answers in this type of scenario, so we’re committed to doing anything and everything that we can to make sure that the law enforcement agency responsible and the district attorney general have the information that they need to take a look at this and give it the closest examination possible,” said Josh DeVine, TBI’s Public Information Officer.

TBI also says the stabbing victim is recovering.

Family members declined to comment.


Updated 12/17 5:42am

Charleston, TN (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of an officer-involved shooting case.

Late Saturday evening, a call was received at the Bradley County 911 Center to report a stabbing at a residence on Leyland Drive in Charleston.

The caller indicated a male had been stabbed and another male had fled from the scene.

Upon arriving, officers started searching the area and came in contact with a male shortly after midnight. Bradley County Sheriff Office Deputy Corey Loftis and Charleston Police Department Jimmy Woody encountered the male on Billingsley Street, which resulted in a physical altercation.

Deputy Loftis fired his weapon, hitting the male. Both officers then began life-saving measures until Bradley County E.M.S. arrived.

The male was transported to Tennova Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His identity will be released at a later time.

Deputy Loftis will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He is currently assigned to the Public Safety Unit, which is a specialized unit to investigate traffic collisions and enforce traffic laws.

Stay with News 12 Now for further information as it becomes available.

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Charleston, TN (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of an officer-involved shooting case in Charleston, Tennessee.

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson says one of his deputies and an officer from the Charleston Police Department arrived in the area of Billingsley Street on reports of a person stabbed.

Shortly after midnight, a male involved in the incident becoming aggressive and resulted in one of the officers shooting the suspect. He was transported to a local hospital by Bradley County E.M.S. and died from his injuries.

The stabbing victim was also transported to the hospital.

The officers involved were not injured and have been identified as Deputy Corey Loftis and Charleston Police Officer Jimmy Woody. Both have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standards protocol in an officer involved shooting.

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