JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police say a suicide that took place outside of the justice center in Jonesborough is linked to an earlier fatal shooting in Greeneville.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, one person committed suicide Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the George Jaynes Justice Center.
The justice center was briefly placed on a lockdown, which was no longer in place as of 2:30 p.m.
The incident is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. According to the TBI, the sheriff’s office received a call around 1:30 p.m. from a man who said he was in the parking lot armed with a weapon.
“Preliminary information indicates that as deputies approached the man and attempted to speak to him, he shot himself,” the TBI said in a statement. “He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
The man’s name has not been released.
Greeneville police believe the man may have been involved in a fatal shooting earlier Wednesday on North Main Street in Greeneville, according to Police Chief Tim Ward. Ward confirmed the two incidents are connected, but said it is unclear if the man was also the shooter in the Greeneville shooting. He said the police department is working closely with the TBI.
The TBI confirmed it is also investigating the Greeneville fatal shooting, which took place just after 1 p.m. at a business on North Main Street.
“Upon arrival, a female victim was located in the parking lot with gunshot wounds,” the TBI said in a statement. “The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.”
The TBI could not confirm if the man from the incident at the Jonesborough justice center was also involved in the Greeneville shooting.
This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.