A man shot Tuesday night by a veteran Maryville police officer was armed with an air-powered BB gun, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The carbon dioxide-powered BB gun had “no markings to distinguish it from a more serious weapon,” said TBI spokesman Josh DeVine. Some BB guns have a blaze orange tip or band around the barrel to indicate it is not a firearm.
The TBI is investigating the 8 p.m. shooting of 40-year-old Jason Halfacre at the request of District Attorney General Mike Flynn, according to TBI spokesman Josh DeVine.
Halfacre was admitted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where his condition has been listed as confidential. He had been shot in the abdomen, officials said.