TBI: Franklin County deputy shot, killed armed suspect
According to police, 33-year-old Michael Adams pulled out a knife and threatened a deputy after running from a traffic stop in Estill Springs.
A Franklin County deputy shot and killed a wanted man who reportedly threatened him with a knife on Wednesday night.
According to Sgt. Chris Guess with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, police were trying to pull over Michael Adams on Shasteen Street in Estill Springs at 5:30 p.m.
Adams, 33, reportedly got out of his vehicle and started running, prompting a deputy to run after him. When Adams was about 100 yards away from the car, he allegedly pulled out a knife and started making threats, which is when he was shot and killed.
“He exited the vehicle. The suspect brandished a knife and advanced. Our deputy had no choice but to stop the individual,” Guess said.
It's unclear whether or not there was a physical altercation leading up to Adams being shot.
Channel 4 spoke with an Estill Springs family who said they witnessed the entire incident. The couple said they never saw a weapon and that Adams was giving police a hard time but he had his hands up.
"I believe he killed someone that was unarmed. He could have used a Taser. I think it was a lie that you all were told," said one witness.
The TBI said Thursday afternoon that a knife was recovered at the scene. They said investigators also determined Adams was armed with the knife prior to being shot.
The witnesses said a second vehicle from the sheriff's office responded to the shooting. They claim an officer inside that vehicle shot Adams multiple times.
Guess said he believes the deputy was wearing a body cam and that there is video of the incident, but it's part of the TBI investigation and will not be released at this time.
“There is video evidence we cannot release, but when it is released, I would encourage everyone to fact check what they put in the press and what they read on the newscast,” Guess said.
Adams was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.
The deputy who shot Adams had been with the sheriff's office since 1999. He has been placed on paid administrative leave. He was later identified as Sgt. Seth Isbell.
The TBI is running the investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. The agency will finish gathering evidence and it turn the investigation over to the district attorney for any further action.
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