MACON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A deputy has been hospitalized following a shooting in Westmoreland.
According to the Westmoreland Police Chief, the deputy was awake and alert as he was being airlifted to TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Investigators said Sgt. Kyle Petty was shot in the back and the leg.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of West Stinson Road after a report of a man with a gun walking down the road with a gun causing a disturbance.
The TBI later identified the man as 48-year-old Nathaniel Damien Raabe. When deputies arrived, he allegedly fired shots at them and deputies returned fire. Raabe went back into the home, where he was later found dead.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons described the moments leading up to the shooting, “This man start firing at the deputies before they really knew what’s going on.” He continued, “They barely got to identify their selves, that’s when he pulled the gun from his head and started shooting at them.”
The incident happened near the Sumner County and Macon County line. Multiple agencies responded to the scene.
News 2’s Andy Cordan spoke to neighbors about what they witnessed. Susie Hammock said she was putting her grandchild inside her truck when she heard gunshots, “This is a great neighborhood and you just don’t think about nothing like this happening here. But, apparently it can happen anywhere.” Hammock added she’s thankful her grandchild is safe.
Sheriff Gammons said Petty has been on the force for 15 years. He was treated and released from the hospital on Tuesday evening.
TBI is leading an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting.