Man dead after being shot by
deputies in Lenoir City
LENOIR CITY (WATE) – A man is dead after being shot by Loudon County deputies Wednesday afternoon.
The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say the officers were serving a warrant for statutory rape on Grandview Drive in Lenoir City when the suspect pulled out a handgun.
The deputies then fired their weapons multiple times, hitting the suspect. He was taken to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not yet been released. The Loudon County sheriff says he had a violent history and officers knew it.
The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office says the two deputies involved are on administrative leave both have been on the force for at least 20 years. They will receive mandatory counseling.
TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Loudon Co
LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Loudon County sheriff and District Attorney General say that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.
Loudon County deputies responded to the scene on Grandview Drive after the first call came in at 3:30 p.m.
According to the sheriff, two detectives were on Grandview Drive to serve a warrant for aggravated statutory rape. They asked the 40-year-old suspect to take his hands out of his pocket, and when he did, the sheriff says the suspect pulled out a gun. The suspect has a prior record in Wisconsin, with convictions for attempted homicide and reckless endangerment with a gun.
The deputies fired several shots at the man. He was transported to UT Medical Center, where he died. Investigators are alerting his next of kin, who live in a different part of the state, before releasing his identity.
TBI is now taking over the investigation. The DA says the two deputies involved are now on administrative leave, per standard procedure.