Hamilton County deputy shoots suspect in Lakesite area

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case of an officer involved shooting in Hamilton County on Friday morning.

No deputies were injured and the suspect suffered non life threatening injuries.

It was a busy scene Friday morning at an officer involved shooting on the 1900 block of Wilkes Avenue, as investigators combed through evidence.

Residents who live on the road came home to crime tape blocking their street.

“It didn’t surprise me a whole lot. There are a lot of police officers in this area being called for domestic calls,” said Connie Collins, a neighbor.

They say hearing gun shots is all too common.

“Being laying in bed at 3:00 in the morning getting woke up by people shooting guns,” Collins said.

Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office say one of their deputies responded to a report of an unwanted person. While attempting to make an arrest, officials say the suspect was shot in the leg.

“The bottom line is there is no officer injured. The suspect at this point appears to be non life threatening, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of those injuries. And the facts will not change, TBI is on the scene. We are full cooperating with that agency,” said Chief Deputy Allen Branum, with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials believe the suspect wasn’t the only one present during the incident.

“There may have been more than one person at the scene. We don’t know the details what kind of communication what kind of interaction the deputies had,” said Chief Deputy Branum.

Collins says something must be done to stop the violence in their neighborhood.

“There should be police officers up here making them stop, but they shoot guns and the police never show up,” Collins said.

While the investigation continues, residents are concerned about their safety.

“I start worrying about bullets coming through the thin walls of my trailer,” Collins said.

During officer involved shootings in Hamilton County, officials say it is usually protocol for the deputy to be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

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TBI Update: “While attempting to make an arrest of a male individual outside of that residence, the deputy fired a shot, reportedly striking the individual in the leg.”

The suspect was taken to a local hospital.

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LAKESITE, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case of an officer-involved shooting in Hamilton County.

Sheriff’s Department officials say that a deputy was responding to a call on Wilkes Avenue off Dallas Lake Road around 10 AM.

They aren’t saying what happened next, but the deputy did shoot a suspect.

Officials describe the wound as non-life-threatening.

The deputy was not injured.

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston asked the TBI to take over the investigation.

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