TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Erwin

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ERWIN, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after an officer-involved shooting occurred Friday night in Erwin.

The Erwin Police Department revealed that it responded to a woman screaming in an alley off 3rd Street just before midnight on Friday.

Officers responded to the scene in less than a minute, where the victim identified the male subject and his vehicle.

Police located him nearby, but the suspect, later identified by TBI as David J. Tipton, 40, refused to stop for law enforcement. A pursuit ensued and continued through yards and other off-road areas.

The vehicle then turned onto a dead-end road in the Rock Creek community, where the Tipton then attempted to flee on foot.

An officer caught Tipton who then broke free, continuing the foot chase for another 300 yards.

“At that point there was a struggle involving the officer’s weapon, and during the struggle with the suspect, the officer’s weapon was discharged, striking the suspect,” the release said.

Tipton was reportedly flown to a regional hospital via air ambulance, and the officer was treated and released at a local hospital.

The TBI continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Charges against Tipton are pending.

This is a developing story. No further details were released at this time. Stay updated on-air and online at WJHL.com.

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