TBI: 2 Greeneville officers shot; Suspect is dead

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10:30a.m. UPDATE: Monday morning, officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released more information surrounding the officer-involved shooting in Greeneville from over the weekend.

According to TBI officials, officers with Greeneville Police attempted to make a traffic stop Sunday night for a vehicle that was speeding on Tusculum Boulevard.

The vehicle didn’t stop, leading officers on a pursuit.

According to police the vehicle eventually stopped in the 100 block of Mason street where the driver got out and ran into an apartment complex. 

Officers spoke with a female passenger in the car who identified the driver as Joshua Howard. 

Pictured: Joshua Howard (Courtesy: Greene County Sheriff's Dept.) 

That woman, who hasn’t been identified by authorities, took the officers into an apartment so they could search for Howard.

TBI officials report a second man, who did not live at that apartment, ‘became combative, pulled a gun on the officers, and fired shots.’ 

Two officers were shot and returned fire, killing the shooter.

In the updated news release, TBI officials said they were still working to determine who the deceased man was, and why he became combative with officers.

We’re told the driver of the car, Joshua Howard, was found and taken into custody by Greeneville Police. 

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The Greeneville Police Department has confirmed two officers were shot while attempting to take a person into custody. 

Authorities said two officers are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. 

A spokesperson for TBI tells News Channel 11 that the officer-involved shooting happened at the 100 block of Mason Street in Greeneville late Sunday evening. 

According to investigators,  preliminary information indicates that officers with Greeneville PD shot a man during an encounter.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officers were also shot during the incident.

Authorities said both officers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

News Channel 11’s Caroline Corrigan will have a full report Monday at 6 o’clock.

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