TBI: Man shot after allegedly firing at deputies in Hawkins County Sunday night


HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed to News Channel 11 that an investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting in Hawkins County Sunday night.

According to a release from the TBI, the shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m.

Residents in the Bulls Gap area say they heard the gunshots but didn’t know what was going on right down the street.

“We live out here and people shoot guns all the time. I do from time to time myself,” said Rick Seals, “People don’t think anything about it.”

TBI reports that a deputy with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office saw what appeared to be an abandoned car in the VFW Auxiliary parking lot on North VFW Road in Bulls Gap.

The deputy investigated the vehicle and heard a woman call out to him, according to the TBI.

The woman spoke to the deputy and said her husband, Michael Snyder, 44, had walked into a nearby wooded area and talked about harming himself.

After checking Snyder’s information, TBI reports deputies learned that Snyder had an active warrant out of Hamblen County for Failure to Appear.

“My nephew called and said that some friends of his had said they were looking for somebody and that was after we saw a sheriffs car and we called 911,” said Gena Woods.

Additional deputies from Hawkins County and a K9 team from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and began searching for Snyder, according to TBI.

The release says that deputies found him and short distance away, where he had climbed a tree.

The TBI reports that at some point during the confrontation, Snyder fired a weapon at the responding deputies.

The TBI release stated one Hawkins County deputy and the Greene County deputy returned fire and hit Snyder.

Neighbors were started by the noise down the street.

“Then we heard something real distinct and we looked at each other and we was like, that’s gun shots. so then it got scary,” explains Paula Lester.

Snyder was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said early Monday morning that there is no active threat to the community and Snyder remains in critical condition.

No deputies were injured, and the incident remains under investigation.

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