UPDATE: Lebanon officer shoots suspect after chase

Jake Old • Mar 20, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents started an investigation regarding a Lebanon police officer-involved shooting incident that happened near Beckwith Road and Interstate 40 on Monday afternoon, according to TBI officials.

The officer in question apparently fired a shot following a pursuit in Wilson County. No officers were reported injured, according to officials.

Preliminary reports indicate the incident began with a report of a stolen vehicle from a Lebanon business. An officer chased the vehicle from Highway 109 to westbound Interstate 40. The subject in the vehicle got off I-40 at the northbound Beckwith Road exit. At some point, the vehicle left the exit roadway and went down an embankment, according to TBI agents.

A Lebanon police officer arrived at the scene and got out of his vehicle. The subject in the other vehicle was also outside of the car. During the encounter, the officer fired and hit the suspect.

The suspect was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after he was shot. The condition of the suspect wasn’t immediately available.

Identifying information about the suspect and the officer involved in the incident wasn’t released.

The TBI’s Violent Crimes Response Team of special agents and forensic scientists processed the scene and collected evidence, while additional special agents conducted interviews Monday. TBI officials said they would share findings from the investigation with District Attorney Tommy Thompson throughout the process for his consideration and review.

The interstate exit ramp at Beckwith Road was closed for an extended period of time Monday afternoon while law enforcement officials investigated the scene.

The city of Mt. Juliet released an alert message through Nixle on Monday afternoon that said the interstate ramp was closed and Mt. Juliet police were not involved in the incident.

The TBI serves primarily as a fact-finding party in such investigations, officials said. Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. 

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