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Officer-Involved Shootings

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As an independent, fact-finding agency, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handles the investigations into most of the state's use-of-force cases. On this page, you'll find information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Have a question not answered below? Contact us by emailing TBI.Media@tn.gov.

2019 TBI Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations

To date, the TBI has been requested to investigate 26 officer-involved shootings in 2019.

INCIDENT DATE LOCATION INVOLVED AGENCY MEDIA STATEMENT LINK FATAL?
January 2 Memphis Memphis Police Department Click here. Yes
January 25 Dyer County Dyer County Sheriff's Office Click here. Yes
January 26 Williamson County Williamson County Sheriff's Office Click here. No
February 6 Rutherford County Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Click here. Yes
February 7 Shelby County Shelby County Sheriff's Office Click here. Yes
February 17 Claiborne County Tennessee Highway Patrol Click here.  Yes
February 23 Sullivan County Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Click here. Yes
February 23 Clarksville Clarksville Police Department Click here. Yes
February 28 Cheatham County Cheatham County Sheriff's Office Click here. No
March 1 Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge Police Department Click here. No
March 9 Cheatham County Cheatham County Sheriff's Department Click here. Yes
April 1 LaFollette LaFollette Police Department Click here. Yes
April 4 Hilham Overton County Sheriff's Department Click here. No
April 7 Greeneville Greeneville Police Department Click here. Yes
April 9 Hamilton County Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Click here. Yes
April 15 Pigeon Forge  Pigeon Forge Police Department Click here. Yes
April 17 Kingsport Kingsport Police Department Click here. No
April 27 Sumner County TBD Click here. No
May 21 McMinn County McMinn County Sheriff's Department Click here. No Injuries
June 3 Collierville Collierville Police Department Click here. Yes
June 7 Bristol Bristol Police Department Click here. Yes
June 10 Sullivan County Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Click here.  Yes
June 12 Memphis  United States Marshals Service Click here. Yes
June 28 Smyrna Smyrna Police Department Click here. Yes
July 2 Hawkins County Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Click here. No injuries
July 5 Bradley County Bradley County Sheriff's Office Click here. No

Frequently Asked Questions

The TBI acts as an independent fact-finder in all of its investigations.

In officer-involved shootings, the agency works to thoroughly document the scene, collect evidence, and interview subjects and witnesses. In turn, the agency compiles as detailed a set of facts as possible and forwards that file to the District Attorney General for his or her further review and consideration.

The TBI makes no determination about whether an officer's actions were justified in these types of matters. Such a determination rests solely with the District Attorney General requesting TBI's involvement.

There is no state law requiring TBI to investigate use-of-force cases in Tennessee. In order to have the appropriate jurisdiction to do so, state law requires the request of the District Attorney General for the judicial district in which the incident occurs.

No. The TBI can investigate any use-of-force matter at the request of the appropriate local District Attorney General.

No. The TBI has Agents who are assigned to one of four regions, and live in counties across the state.

No. There is no law requiring TBI involvement in use-of-force cases. Each case TBI becomes involved in originates with the formal request of the local District Attorney General for the judicial district in which the incident occurs.

No. Instead, our Public Information Office refers questions of that nature to each involved agency to answer as it sees fit.