BREAKING: Lenoir City police officer involved in shooting
KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – Lenoir City Police Department confirms an officer was involved in a shooting early Sunday morning.
LCPD Chief Don White says an officer responded to a possible DUI on Highway 321 near Interstate 75 at around 1 a.m.
White said TBI is conducting the investigation. They are still in early stages.
TBI spokesperson Susan Niland said the officer spotted a pickup truck matching the description of the vehicle described to the 911 center, and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle.
When the officer attempted to arrest the passenger for public intoxication, the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene, Niland said.
The identity of the suspect has not been released at this time.
Niland says the officer jumped into the bed of the vehicle while the driver attempted to flee the scene. After refusing the officer’s commands to stop the vehicle, the officer fired shots into the cab of the truck, striking and killing the driver.
The officer involved sustained minor injuries, Niland said. White says the officer was placed on administrative leave with pay.
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