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Person shot identified, 3 facing charges in Blount Co. officer-involved shooting

Officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Blount County Friday afternoon.
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 2:47 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2021 at 6:04 PM EST
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BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Blount County Friday afternoon.

According to a release from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Topside Road near Pellissippi Parkway in Louisville. Officials said there were four people in the vehicle, and the driver tried to run over one of the deputies.

BCSO said both deputies fired into the vehicle as it left the parking lot onto Topside Road. One person inside who had gotten out of the vehicle was taken into custody in the parking lot, and another jumped out on Chandler Station Road and injured his ankle. He was treated on scene.

Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle about 30 minutes later at a home on Fox Chase Way. Officials along with the Alcoa police and Knox County Sheriff’s Office searched the area and found the other two suspects in a wooded area.

One of the suspects, a man later identified as Joe William Lynch, 30, was shot in the arm as result of the deputies firing into the vehicle. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

BCSO said multiple charges against three of the people are pending, including aggravated assault, felony evading arrest and theft of a motor vehicle. Names and official charges will be released later, according to BCSO.

The two deputies involved in the shooting are on administrative leave with pay, and the TBI is assisting with the investigation.

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