Latest Updates on Marion Co. Officer Involved Shooting
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now handling the officer involved shooting that left William Berner dead last night in Marion County.
At the request of District Attorney General Mike Taylor, TBI is taking over the case to find out exactly what lead up to the crash, and what caused Berner’s unfortunate death.
This is the scene of the deadly car crash that took Berner’s life Tuesday night, on Highway 134 near the town of Whiteside.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, two residents living in that area called the Marion County Sheriff’s office, hours before the crash, to report a man who seemed to be drunk.
Officials with T-B-I also say that man then made several threatening phone calls to the police later on that same evening.
“When deputies with the Marion County Sherriff’s office responded, that same individual was in a vehicle a pickup truck, and he drove towards them at a high rate of speed. The deputies fired at that vehicle.”
Witnesses in the area say the man continued to drive off on a high rate of speed, and before officers could begin a chase, the man tried to speed around a curve and crashed his truck.
Officials say Berner died at the scene, but the exact cause of his death is still being investigated.
“We just want to gather the facts, as they exist. We talked to, as we do with any case, we talked to the individuals who were there, who had contact um we gather any information that’s available.”
An autopsy has been scheduled at the medical examiner’s office in Nashville.
“This does remain an active an ongoing investigation. Uh we will have the information that we um developed. During the course of this investigation we will provide that to the district attorney general’s office at the conclusion of our investigation, that office will make any determination as far as what to do if anything next.”
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