54 year old Randy Gerald Petty remains in Vanderbilt hospital being treated for gunshot wounds after he allegedly drew a weapon and was shot by officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department late Wednesday night.
Sheriff Patrick Ray has not disclosed the names of the deputy and detective involved in the shooting. However, in accordance with a sheriff's department policy, the officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
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 Petty's family. The complainant reported hearing yelling and gunshots coming from the area of Petty Road," he said.
The detective was informed by a family member of Petty that he 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 Petty's house. As they got out of their vehicles and prepared to walk up the road toward his home, Petty came out from behind some trees in a neighbor's yard," said Sheriff Ray." Petty drew a gun on the officers. The deputy and detective then drew their weapons and fired multiple shots. Petty 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," he said.
The shooting is under investigation at this time by the DeKalb Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney General’s office and will be reviewed by the DA when completed.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb EMS, TBI, District Attorney General Randy York, Assistant Attorney General Greg Strong, DeKalb Fire Department, Central Dispatch, and the Smithville Animal Control for all of their help and support," said Sheriff Ray