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TBI investigating Shelby County officer-involved shooting

Staff Reports • Mar 24, 2017 at 2:22 PM

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting that happened in Lakeland last week.

The investigation stemmed from the request of 30th District Attorney Amy Weirich, and per a memo in place between the TBI, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney.

Preliminary information indicates the incident happened March 17 shortly after noon when a woman, identified as Nancy Jane Lewellyn, 59, called 911 and made disturbing statements and threatened violence toward anyone who might respond to her location.

Three deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to her scene, after which the woman apparently exited her home, brandished a weapon and pointed it at the deputies.

Two of the three deputies fired at the woman. She was struck and subsequently died at Regional One in Memphis.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident. An autopsy will be performed in Memphis.

The TBI has agents and forensic scientists working to gather any and all relevant evidence and interviews in connection to this case and will share findings with the Weirich throughout the process for her further consideration and review.

In this, and all investigations, the TBI acts only as “fact-finders,” TBI officials said. The determination as to whether the officer’s actions were justified rests solely with Weirich.

Per TBI policy, the agency does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective departments. 

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