TBI Responds To Officer-Involved Shooting In East Tenn.

Posted at 9:05 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 18:56:47-04

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents have been investigating an officer-involved shooting in East Tennessee.

The incident was reported Thursday morning in Jellico, located about an hour north of Knoxville along the Kentucky state line.

Authorities said a man, later identified as 38-year-old Derron Ausmus, went to the Jellico Police Department and pointed a gun at a dispatcher.

He then fled from the police station to a nearby neighborhood.

Officials said they developed information that led them to Ausmus on South Myrtle Street, and when they arrived, two people inside the home confirmed he was there.

The two residents were evacuated. Ausmus was ordered to come outside.

Police said he repeatedly refused to comply, and officers deployed tear gas.

Not long thereafter, Ausmus ran outside and reportedly confronted officers with a gun.

Authorities said two officers fired shots, and Ausmus was hit. He was taken by helicopter to the University Of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. His condition was unknown.

TBI agents said the investigation remained ongoing. The officers involved had not been identified.