Burglar shot, killed in officer involved shooting - WKRN News 2

Burglar shot, killed in officer-involved shooting

Posted: Updated: Jan 15, 2013 07:30 PM
Keith Tyson Keith Tyson
Clinton Howell Clinton Howell
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. -

Authorities are investigating after a man was shot and killed during a burglary Monday night in Ashland City.

A witness called police around 9 p.m. after seeing two subjects kick in a door at the L&P Body Shop located at 98 Vine Street.

An Ashland City police officer, a Cheatham County deputy and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the incident.

Upon their arrival, two officers entered the building and were confronted by a man with a knife, prompting an officer to open fire.

That suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Keith Tyson, was hit by gunfire while the second suspect, 46-year-old Clinton Howell, was taken into police custody.

"My officer is like anyone else. He has to protect himself and he has to protect his fellow officer. And this young man started toward my officer," Sheriff John Holder said.

Holder, who was not at the scene of the crime, added that he is unsure if his deputy yelled any sort of warning before opening fire.

"I cannot advise. I would say he did, but I don't know that," he said.

Tyson was taken Centennial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Tyson's family told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that the young father lived near the body shop.

Tyson's father, who did not want to be identified, said he questions the need for lethal force.

"So instead of shooting him in the hand, they shoot him in the chest and kill him," he said.

Another family member added, "He would not go at a cop he is not that stupid he would run first."

The victim's father went on to say his son was troubled by drugs and alcohol, but was a devoted father to his nearly three-year-old son who was frustrated about his inability to find a job.

"He was good hearted, he was troubled," he said, adding, "He hung with the wrong crowd. He was a good dad and he loved his son and took care of his son."

He continued, "He was a good son. Yes, he was in trouble with the law. He had trouble with drinking and addiction with pills. And he went through rehab. I thought that would have helped. I see it didn't"

Upon reviewing Tyson's previous criminal history, Nashville's News 2 Investigates discovered he had been previously arrested for theft and aggravated assault.

Tyson recently posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to move back to West Virginia, but was unable to do so because of pending court and parole issues.

Howell was charged with burglary.

The investigation was turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on routine leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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