UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting suspect indicted
UPDATE: Qurayshawn Byrdsong has been indicted on three counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder, Reckless Endangerment, Possession of a Handgun with Prior Domestic Assault Conviction and Employing a Firearm during a Dangerous Offense.
Byrdsong is due in court on October 11.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says the suspect at the center of an officer-involved shooting in April has been released from the hospital.
HCSO spokesperson Matt Lea says Qurayshawn Lebron Byrdsong is currently being book at the Hamilton County Jail.
Byrdsong is accused of firing a gun at officers at a home on Cleveland Avenue on April 16.
Officials say Byrdsong was shot when officers returned fire.
Byrdsong is charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Felony Reckless Endangerment and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.
He is scheduled to appear in court on May 13.
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PREVIOUS STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has now identified the man accused of exchanging gunfire with police.
This comes as the sheriff's office continues its investigation into an officer-involved shooting on Cleveland Avenue in Chattanooga on Tuesday evening.
"It looks like that individual fired on our officers," Chief David Roddy told reporters on the scene that night.
That individual has been identified as Qurayshawn Lebron Byrdsong. He is currently being treated at an area hospital for his injuries following the incident, according to HCSO spokesperson Matt Lea.
Residents on Cleveland Avenue say they're also recovering from the trauma of seeing it all happen.
"We heard gunshots. We immediately hit the floor. After that, we got up to see what was going on, and after that and saw the body laying at my back door," said Cleveland Avenue resident Tameshia Bradford.
She told Channel 3 she was inside her home right next door taking a nap with her grandson.
"Normally, I'd be outside, but since he wasn't feeling good, we were inside, so that's a good thing," she explained.
Some of the bullets fired landed just feet away from her bedroom.
"I mean, it's bullet holes everywhere on her house, the house right there, I mean, it's just...I don't understand it," Bradford said of the incident.
Her daughter, Adreana McGhee was at work when she got a text from her sister that her two-year-old son was so close to danger.
"That's what I first automatically thought of...is my son okay?" she recalled. "Kids run around here and they play around here. You've got a couple of them that stay just down the street, so a lot of them play back here and anything could have happened. It was careless. The whole situation was careless," McGhee continued.
She said this kind of activity isn't unusual in the area but hopes for change for her son's sake.
Byrdson will be facing several charges upon his release including:
- Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
- Felony Reckless Endangerment
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
- Attempted First Degree Murder (x3)
The responding CPD officers are on administrative leave, which is department policy.
Once the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office concludes its investigation, the department will hand over its findings to the District Attorney's Office, who will then determine whether the officers firing shots was justified.
PREVIOUS STORY: Just before 7:00 p.m Tuesday Chattanooga Police were trying to make contact with an individual in the 2000 block of Cleveland Avenue. That's when the suspect shot at police. Officers fired back hitting the suspect, wounding him.
EMS was called for and officers administered life-saving measures until they got there. He was taken to the hospital, his condition remains unknown at this time.
All of the officers who responded to the call have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: In a tweet Tuesday night, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says preliminary reports and witness statements show a suspect pointed a weapon and fired at Chattanooga Police officers on Cleveland Avenue.
He says officers then fired back and hit the suspect.
Berke says officials performed life-saving measures until medical services arrived.
He continues stating, "Our officers perform a dangerous job keeping us safe."
He says the officers were not hurt and the suspect was taken to the hospital.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting involving a Chattanooga police officer.
Officials say a man was shot by a Chattanooga officer in the 2000 block of Cleveland Avenue Tuesday evening.
Details regarding the incident are limited at this time.
No word on the condition of the injured man.
Channel 3 spoke with Chattanooga police spokesperson Elisa Myzal who says the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation.
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