TBI investigates officer-involved shooting on I-40 ramp in Mt. Juliet

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 29-year-old man driving a stolen vehicle was shot when he nearly backed over Mt. Juliet officers late Tuesday night, according to investigators.

The shooting was reported around 10 p.m. at the on-ramp from Mt. Juliet Road onto I-40.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Mt. Juliet officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle, but the driver, identified as Deantuan McDuffie, kept going and crashed into a guardrail on the ramp.

While officers were behind the stolen vehicle, the TBI said McDuffie put the vehicle in reverse in the direction of the officers.

At least one officer fired, striking McDuffie, according to investigators. He was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Three passengers in the vehicle with McDuffie suffered “superficial injuries” as a result of the crash, the TBI added. One of them was transported to a hospital for observation, while the other two did not need treatment.

McDuffie was released from the hospital and booked into the Wilson County Jail Wednesday evening. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, felony evading, reckless endangerment, and theft of property.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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