Man Shot by Officers of Sheriff's Department After He Draws a Weapon on Them

May 23, 2013
Dwayne Page

A man is in Vanderbilt hospital this morning being treated for gunshot wounds after he drew a weapon and was shot by officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department late Wednesday night.

Sheriff Patrick Ray has not released the name of the suspect in the case nor the severity of his condition.

Sheriff Ray told WJLE that the incident occurred around midnight as the officers were responding to a complaint of yelling and gunshots being fired in the area of Adcock Cemetery Road/Petty Road. " At 11:53 p.m. dispatch got a call of multiple gunshots and yelling in the area of Adcock Cemetery Road, "said Sheriff Ray. " A deputy and detective responded to the call. The detective spoke with the complainant and a member of the suspect's family. The complainant reported hearing yelling and gunshots coming from the area of Petty Road," he said.

The detective was informed by the family member of the suspect (gunman) that he (suspect) had told someone that if law enforcement officers pulled up in his driveway, he would shoot them," said Sheriff Ray.

"The deputy and detective drove to Petty Road and stopped near the suspect's house. As they got out of their vehicles and prepared to walk up the road toward his home, the man came out from behind some trees in a neighbor's yard," said Sheriff Ray. The man drew a gun on the officers. The deputy and detective then drew their weapons and fired multiple shots. The suspect was wounded in the shooting and transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. He was later taken by ground ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt. Sheriff Ray has not released their names.

The case is under investigation by the Sheriff's Department, TBI, and the District Attorney Generals Office.

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