Man shot by Bristol, TN police dies

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A man who was shot Friday morning by a Bristol, Tennessee police officer has died according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

TBI has identified the man as 46-year-old Jason Nash of Bristol. 

According to the TBI, just before 9:30 a.m., officers from the Bristol Police Department responded to a call at 42 Crown Circle to assist a homeowner in serving a court order to her estranged husband.

At some point during the confrontation, the man reached for a gun and which resulted in one of the officers firing a single shot that hit the husband.

Neighbors told News Channell 11’s Pheben Kassahun that the of Crown Circle is very quiet and does not get much traffic.

Some people described it as a retirement neighborhood.

They explained they had never experienced anything like what happened Friday morning.

According to investigators, the man who now identified as Jason Nash pulled a gun. That is when an officer shot Nash.

He was taken to the hospital here he later died.

TBI is working with the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office on this investigation.

The wife of the man shot was not injured.

No officers were injured during the incident.

“She [wife] was not injured in the incident. No one was injured except for the male subject,” Leslie Earhart, who is the personal information officer for TBI said. “Agents are in the process of collecting any evidence relevant to the investigation, as well as interviewing witnesses.” 

One of the neighbors, Bert White, said this neighborhood is tight-knit and that everybody watches over each other.

He described Crown Circle as the quietest neighborhood in America.

White said he had just finished his morning errands and stepped outside. That is when he saw police cars.

“They were approaching me and I wasn’t sure why. And about the same time, my neighbor was driving away from his house, and he told the police officer they were at the wrong house,” White said. “So, they quickly expedited themselves down the street to where my neighbor was outside and from what I could tell, they went in, something went down, and he was gurneyed out.”

White said this is the most traffic he has seen during his 15 years living in this neighborhood.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on-air and on WJHL.com. 

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