Suspect armed with knife shot by Mt. Juliet officer at Providence Kroger


MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — One person was injured in an officer-involved shooting at the Mt. Juliet Providence Kroger Thursday morning.

Mt. Juliet police reported the alert at the Providence MarketPlace on South Mt. Juliet Road around 8 a.m. and said there is no current threat to the public.

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According to police, officers were called to the scene after reports of a man chasing others with a knife. The first officer on the scene encountered the suspect, who proceeded towards the officer while pulling a knife from his waistband. After repeated requests from the officer for the man to stop, the man continued towards the officer, which resulted in the officer-involved shooting.

“We are grateful for our officer’s rapid response to a dangerous event in a busy shopping area and are thankful that no one was injured by the suspect,” Police Chief James Hambrick said in a statement. “To ensure our officer responded properly, the TBI is conducting an independent investigation. Incidents like this are traumatic for all involved, and the officer has been placed on routine administrative leave. All are in my prayers, including the suspect, for a quick recovery.”

Mt. Juliet police reported the armed suspect was taken into custody and is being treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said its agents are independently investigating the incident. No officers or civilians were injured.

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A victim, who was not injured but involved in the incident, is being interviewed by detectives and remained at the scene, according to Mt. Juliet police.

A spokesperson with Kroger told News 2 employees inside the store called police to the scene regarding the incident.

No additional information was immediately released.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 for updates.

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