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.
In this context, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a signed agreement between TBI, local law enforcement agencies, and the local District Attorney General outlining the circumstances for TBI involvement in certain use-of-force cases.
The TBI currently has two such agreements in place.
- In 2017, the TBI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Office of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk.
- In 2015, the TBI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff's office, and the Office of 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
No. The TBI can investigate any use-of-force matter at the request of the appropriate local District Attorney General.
The TBI does not release evidence collected during the course of its investigations.
Under state law, the TBI investigative record of fatal officer-involved shootings that occured on or after May 4, 2017 become public record at the conclusion of TBI's investigation and at the conclusion of the prosecutorial function, as determined by the District Attorney General requesting TBI's involvement.
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.