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Witnesses speak out after officer-involved shooting in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Bradley County Sheriff's Deputies had been chasing Bobby Forgey when he pulled into a convenience store near the intersection of Spring Place Road and Wildwood Avenue Monday night.

Once he came to a stop, deputies say they could see Forgey assaulting a woman who was in the car with him. They say he refused to stop, so they took action.

Investigators say 34-year-old Heather Killen called 911 several times Monday night saying she was riding in the car with Bobby Forgey, that he was holding her against her will and he was attacking her.

When police tried to pull Bobby Forgey over, they said he wouldn't stop until he crashed at Harry's Food Mart. Tuesday, the car he crashed into sits wrecked in the parking lot, but that's not the worst of it-- blood and medical supplies are remnants of what happened next.

Witnesses talked to Channel 3 about the shooting.

"I heard it from my house and I live two doors down from Harry's. I heard something go boom," Debbie Vines said.

Debbie Vines says she ran out to porch to see what happened. "I said, oh my God they shot that man," she said.

Police say once Forgey crashed, he continued attacking Killen-- ignoring officers demands. One officer then shot Forgey in the neck.

"I seen him in there in the ambulance and they was giving him pumps, but I thought he was dead," Vines said.

Forgey is listed in critical condition.

"When they brought that poor woman out of there, she looked pretty bad," Vines said.

Heather Killen was treated at the hospital but has since been released. neighbors are still in shock of the news.

"Just knowing that person could've run through or been looking for somewhere to hide, that's just really scary," neighbor Dawn Harp said.

Some have pretty strong opinions about how it all went down. "That's what police are supposed to do. There was a life in danger," neighbor Rick Campbell said.

"Definitely hate someone was injured by this man that got shot but thank goodness the sheriff's office was there," Chris Lefoy said.

The investigation was turned over to the TBI. They are not releasing the name of the deputy who pulled the trigger. No charges have been filed at this time.

Once the TBI's investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the District Attorney General.

Channel 3 did talked to Forgey's daughter briefly, but she was visibly shaken and did not want to comment.

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