UPDATE: Inmate identified in Polk Co. shooting

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – The 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump requested the TBI to investigate the shooting of Polk County Jail inmate Freddy Ruth.

48-year-old Ruth is a trustee with the Polk County Jail, and was working with litter clean-up near the East Parksville boat ramp in Benton on Thursday afternoon.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at some point following the litter job, Ruth was able to access a firearm, and reportedly sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The circumstances of how Ruth was able to access a weapon remain part of the investigation.

Ruth was flown to Erlanger Hospital via helicopter, and he remains hospitalized this evening.

This investigation remains active and ongoing.


POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – At the request of 10th District Attorney General Stephen Crump, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances of a shooting of a Polk County inmate.

The incident occurred today on Highway 64, in the area of the E. Parksville boat ramp in Benton.

The inmate is currently undergoing medical treatment.

Agents will gather any and all relevant information, interviews, and evidence and present findings to the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.

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