UPDATE: Chase suspect shot by Dade County deputies booked at Marion County
UPDATE: The TBI is continuing to investigate an officer involved shooting in Marion County on Tuesday night.
The incident, which involved three deputies, started in Dade County when the officers tried to stop a stolen car and the driver took off.
Family members of the driver tell Channel 3 they have a lot of questions and concerns about how the incident played out.
"We're not sure how he is or even if he's still...we don't know what's going on at this point," Christie Daglan said.
She and her sister Elisha Ryan say the last 24 hours have been a blur as they try to wrap their minds around their cousin, Grandall Massengale, being involved in a high speed chase that ended with him being shot Tuesday night near Parker Lane and Highway 134 in Marion County.
"I walked out of the yard and (saw) all of the lights and stuff up here," Ryan recalled.
"It's frustrating, it's heartbreaking," Daglan said.
According to the Dade County Sheriff's Office, a K-9 deputy attempted to stop Massengale just before 9:00 because he believed the car he was driving was stolen.
The TBI says from there, the 24 year-old suspect refused to stop, driving in their direction and leading deputies on a chase.
One of those deputies crashed his patrol car, two others continued to chase Massengale until he crashed into a wooded area.
Authorities say that's when deputies fired shots at the car hitting him.
"Any time there's aggression against our officers, we want to do whatever we can to defend ourselves and that's what happened in this situation. These officers were just trying to defend theirselves," Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said.
Massengale's family says they don't understand why officers used deadly force.
"Why use deadly force to somebody who is not armed for one and an officer being hurt in the scene of a pursuit, that don't give them the right to shoot nobody," Ryan said.
A TBI spokesperson could not confirm whether Massengale was armed or not.
Massengale is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault in Marion County and a Felony Evading charge out of Dade County.
The TBI says Massengale has been booked at the Marion County Jail where he's being held on a $25,000 bond.
None of the deputies involved were injured in this incident but all three have been placed on paid-administrative leave, which is department policy.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night in Marion County, which involved deputies from the Dade County (GA) Sheriff’s Department.
The TBI says that preliminary information indicates that earlier in the evening, deputies in Dade County attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Grandall Massengale,of Bell Buckle, TN.
Massengale reportedly refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, which continued into neighboring Marion County, Tennessee, where he crashed the vehicle in a wooded area on Highway 134.
While Dade County deputies attempted to take Massengale into custody, he reportedly continued to attempt to elude officers and drove his vehicle at them.
That's when deputies fired upon the vehicle, striking Massengale, who was struck, injured, and hospitalized. A female in the vehicle was unharmed.
The TBI says no law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.
PREVIOUS STORY: A chase that started in Dade County has ended in Marion County with an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday night.
Sgt. Chad Payne with the Dade County Sheriff's Office says three deputies were pursuing a suspect in a stolen vehicle.
Sgt. Payne says one of those deputies ran off the road during the pursuit and hit a tree.
Sgt. Payne says the chase ended on Parker Lane at Highway 134 in the Whiteside Community in Marion County with shots fired and the suspect being hit.
Sgt. Payne says the suspect was shot and all officers are okay.
The suspect is being taken to a local hospital.
The deputy who hit a tree during the pursuit is also okay, according to Sgt. Payne.
Channel 3 is working to learn more.
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