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TBI Special Agents Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Chattanooga

At the request of 11th Judicial District Attorney General Coty Wamp, TBI special agents continue to investigate the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning in Chattanooga.

Preliminary information indicates that on March 26th, officers with the Chattanooga Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Ashland Terrace, on a report of an individual attempting to break into vehicles. Officers located an individual fitting that description nearby and attempted to detain him. Initial reports indicate while the subject was being given commands from officers, he reached for a knife on the ground. Two officers fired tasers at the man, and one officer fired his weapon, striking the subject. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

At this time, this investigation remains active and ongoing.  TBI agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews.  Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her further review and consideration.  The TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters.  That decision rests with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.

The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department to answer as it sees fit.

Any available updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.

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