UPDATE: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the suspect from Saturday's officer-involved shooting.

Joel Deon Harris, 50, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he shot at officers.

The arrest affidavit explained that Chattanooga Police officers were responded to a disorder call involving a weapon at an apartment on Tunnel Boulevard around 7:30 pm Saturday.

Officer Charles Darling approached Joel Harris in the parking lot of the apartments. Harris would not obey the Officer Darling's commands. Instead, he took off on foot. The officer chased Harris into an interior hallway of one of the apartments. Harris pulled a black firearm and fired a shot in Officer Darling's direction as they went back outside. Officer Darling fired back.

Officer Christopher Blackburn then arrived on scene and saw Harris running in his direction with a gun. Harris raised his weapon and fired at least one shot at Officer Blackburn. The CPD officer fired back striking Harris in his right leg.

Harris continued to hold the gun while sitting in the parking lot. Officer Blackburn told him to drop the gun. He finally threw it onto the ground and was arrested.

Officers recovered the gun, which turned out to be stolen. Four 9mm Hornady shell casings were also recovered by members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit.

Harris was found to have a number of convictions for domestic offenses meaning he cannot have a gun.

Harris faces charges of:

  • Unlawful possession of a weapon
  • Theft under $500
  • Resisting a Stop, Halt, Frist, Search and/or Arrest
  • Aggravated assault on a police officer
  • Attempted 1st-degree murder
  • Felony reckless endangerment
  • Harris was booked into the Hamilton County Jail. His bond is set at $250,000, and his court date is scheduled for June 27.

The two officers involved remain on leave, and the investigation is ongoing.


PREVIOUS STORY: Two Chattanooga officers are on paid administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting Saturday.

Police responded to a disorder with a weapon call around 7:30 pm on Tunnel Blvd.

When officers arrived they said they saw a male suspect with a firearm. Shots were fired, but police have not said who fired the first shot.

The suspect was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital. He has non-life-threatening injuries.  

Per department policy, both officers involved are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the investigation.

Stay with Channel 3 as we gather more details.