TBI investigates fatal officer involved shooting in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — TBI agents are investigating a fatal officer involved shooting in Hamilton County that happened shortly after midnight.

Kelsey Matheny lives near Broyles Drive. She was home on Monday night when she heard something out of the ordinary.

“I was watching Criminal Minds. So at first I thought it was on TV. Because that is normal. Nothing usually happens around here. Until the dogs started going crazy,” Matheny said.

That’s when she realized the gun shots she heard were real.

“I was looking out the window and that is when I saw cops coming down out street,” Matheny said.

Investigators say three Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a disorderly person. They say when the arrived Charles Bradley Payne was armed with a baseball bat.

According to the TBI, Payne dropped the bat but then pulled out a knife. Deputies say that escalated the situation. One of them fired their service weapon at Payne, who died at the scene. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Neighbors say things like this don’t happen here.

“It is a pretty quiet neighborhood. We’ve had really no trouble here, other than a few peeping toms every now and then, but that is rare. But is pretty quiet neighborhood,” Michael Leffew said.

They are saddened to hear the details.

​”It is a shame the way it ended. But you know it happens,” Leffew said.

Matheny says she is left with questions.

“It is just trying to figure out what actually happened, if it was a one time thing. But I guess, wait for more answers to really know how I feel,” Matheny said.

The names of the deputies involved have not been released.


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