TBI: One suspect dead, one hospitalized after officer-involved shooting on I-40 in Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says one suspect was killed, another hospitalized due to injuries sustained during an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night that shut down the roadway on I-40 East near Exit 388 for some time.

Just after 7 p.m., a trooper with Tennessee Highway Patrol spotted a Chevy Tahoe traveling on I-75 that was believed to be occupied by a male subject wanted on murder charges out of Florida.

The vehicle traveled on to I-40 East and a traffic stop was initiated near Watt Road; the driver refused to stop and lead troopers on a pursuit.

Deputies with KCSO responded to assist and near Exit 388 troopers and deputies attempted to force the vehicle to pull over.

For reasons at this time still under investigation, one of the occupants fired shots at law enforcement, and one trooper and four deputies returned fire.

Both individuals were struck and transported to a local hospital; one suspect was pronounced dead and the second remains hospitalized.

One trooper and one deputy sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Authorities are still working to identify one of the suspects, and the second suspect’s identity is being withheld until family members are notified.

This investigation remains active and ongoing.


An officer-involved shooting on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the James White Parkway exit had shut down the roadway with a heavy police presence Tuesday night.

Tennessee Highway Patrol says a pursuit turned into an officer-involved shooting; the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is working the incident. TDOT said TBI agents arrived on the scene and the roadway was expected to be closed for several more hours.

Initial reports just before 8 p.m. indicated a shooting on I-40 East at James White Parkway had shut down traffic as police investigated; with at least one shooting victim.

Traffic was diverted to alternate routes, with Knoxville Police saying James White Parkway would be closed indefinitely.

Agencies including KPD, Knoxville Fire, Knox County Sheriffs Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back with WATE 6 On Your Side as additional information is shared by officials.


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