TBI: Officers shot and killed man trying to hit them with vehicle
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after officers shot and killed a man they said attempted to hit them with his vehicle in Scott County.
It happened on Alberta Street in Oneida around 12:30 Saturday morning.
A TBI spokesperson says an early investigation shows the incident started as a traffic stop. The driver didn't stop initially, but investigators said the car eventually pulled into a business on Alberta Street.
The TBI spokesperson says a female passenger was removed from the car, but the driver wouldn't get out after officers asked him to. Investigators say the driver started accelerating toward an Oneida Police officer and two Scott County Sheriff's deputies. The officers then fired at the vehicle.
The car continued to travel on Alberta St. before crashing. The driver was identified as 30-year-old Ron Harlan Lewallen from Dalton, Ga. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alberta Street was closed from Depot Street to the Beets Avenue for eight hours while investigators processed the scene.
"The TBI just serves as fact finders in these types of investigations, so ultimately its up to district attorney general whether the actions of the officers were justified," TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart said.
This incident is the nineteenth shooting involving officers the TBI has investigated in 2017.