TBI investigating shooting that left one man dead Wednesday night in Gruetli-Laager

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Sep 15, 2022

GRUETLI-LAAGER, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is investigating a shooting involving the Grundy County Sheriff's Office that left one man dead on Wednesday.

According to officials, Grundy County deputies responded to the 5800 block of Colony Road in Gruetli-Laager following reports of a man with a rifle pointing his weapon at vehicles that passed by.

Once making contact with the man, identified as 68-year-old Joe Pickett carrying a pellet rifle. Deputies reportedly gave him commands to drop the weapon but Pickett instead fired his weapon at them.

A deputy then fired his weapon, striking Pickett. The 68-year-old was taken to a local hospital where he later died.