Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – This morning, around 7:38 a.m., officers responded to a Person with a Weapon call at Kroger, at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, where a man was reportedly chasing others with a knife. A lone officer was first on-scene and encountered the man, who rapidly advanced towards the officer while pulling a knife from his waistband. After repeated requests by the officer for the man to stop, the man continued to advance towards the officer with the knife in his hand. This resulted in an officer-involved shooting, and the adult male suspect was transported to the hospital. No one else was injured.
Per protocol, the TBI responded to investigate the incident, and the scene was processed just outside the front doors of Kroger. This is an active and ongoing investigation as TBI Special Agents work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence.
“We are grateful for our officer’s rapid response to a dangerous event in a busy shopping area and are thankful that no one was injured by the suspect, stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “To ensure our officer responded properly, the TBI is conducting an independent investigation. Incidents like this are traumatic for all involved, and the officer has been placed on routine administrative leave. All are in my prayers, including the suspect, for a quick recovery.”