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Identity Released Of Columbia Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:17:00-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Officials have released the identity of the 86-year-old man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Maury County. Raymond Phillips was shot and killed after reportedly pointing a gun at officers.

A spokesperson from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released Phillips’ name Friday.

Officials from the Columbia Police Department said they got a call Thursday around noon that Phillips was armed with several weapons when he left his home. He had been threatening suicide. The caller was concerned about what Phillips might do.

Police spotted the truck on Bear Creek Pike and tried to pull Phillips over. When he stopped, he got out of his truck. That was when police said he pointed a gun at three officers.

The officers fired at the Phillips in self-defense. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Details about the circumstances that led to Phillips' alleged actions were not available. 

Agents with the TBI have been called in to investigate the case. They said the investigation remained active and ongoing. 

Authorities said the officers involved have been placed on routine administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.