CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Investigators with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after an officer-involved shooting where a deputy was shot and the suspect was found dead after a standoff.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred around 7:07 p.m. Saturday when a Cumberland County deputy was shot while responding to a suspicious person call on the 8000 block of Chestnut Hill Road.
According to the TBI, a deputy with Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office identified as Deputy Tim Tudor pulled over a vehicle after witnessing erratic driving. Reportedly, as Deputy Tudor approached the driver’s window, the driver identified as Mark Eberly opened the door and immediately shot and injured Deputy Tudor who fired his service weapon in response as Eberly drove away.
Deputy Tudor was wounded in the upper right side and airlifted by Lifestar to UT Medical Center.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Eberly was found a mile away from the initial scene and barricaded himself inside the vehicle. SWAT Team and crisis negotiators were called, and numerous attempts were made to try and talk to Eberly. After no success, SWAT deployed what they call “chemical weapons.” After this, they approached the vehicle and found Eberly dead inside.
The TBI said an autopsy will be performed to determine Eberly’s cause of death.
In a news conference on Saturday night, Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said Eberly was previously arrested on Friday, June 19 for driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest after an altercation with the arresting officer in that case.
Sheriff Cox also said Deputy Tudor is in good condition at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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