LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — One person has been airlifted to the hospital after being shot during an exchange of gunfire with a deputy in Perry County.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), which is investigating the incident, the shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.
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Officials said Perry County deputies responded to a car wash in the 700 block of Highway 13 in Lobelville for reports of a man slumped in a truck.
Once authorities arrived at the scene, Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said they found the man, who allegedly showed a gun and started waving it at law enforcement.
Deputies reportedly ordered the man to drop the weapon.
However, the TBI said the man fired a shot, which led to a deputy returning fire.
According to officials, the man was airlifted to the hospital with a gunshot wound, but it wasn’t immediately clear if he shot himself or was shot by the deputy.
There is no word on the condition or the identity of the man at this time.
Meanwhile, authorities said no law enforcement officers were injured during this incident.
The TBI released a statement Tuesday night about the deputy-involved shooting investigation, which said, in part:
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 his 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.
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