KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported one suspect was killed and another hospitalized due to injuries sustained during an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night that shut down the roadway on I-40 East near Exit 388 for some time.
Just after 7 p.m., a trooper with Tennessee Highway Patrol spotted a Chevy Tahoe traveling on I-75 that was believed to be occupied by a male subject wanted on murder charges out of Florida.
The vehicle traveled on to I-40 East and a traffic stop was initiated; the driver refused to stop and lead troopers on a pursuit.
Deputies with KCSO responded to assist and near Exit 388 troopers and deputies attempted to force the vehicle to pull over.
For reasons at this time still under investigation, one of the occupants fired shots at law enforcement, and one trooper and four deputies returned fire.
Both individuals were struck and transported to a local hospital; one suspect was pronounced dead and the second remains hospitalized.
One trooper and one deputy sustained minor injuries during the incident.
Authorities are still working to identify one of the suspects, and the second suspect’s identity is being withheld until family members are notified.
This investigation remains active and ongoing.