Suspect identified in Blount County standoff

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TBI agents are investigating an officer involved shooting in Blount County.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Blount County deputies were called to a domestic violence complaint at a Manor Way apartment in Louisville early Saturday morning.

TBI said 21-year-old Robert L. Fann III barricaded himself inside his apartment. Law enforcement tried to negotiate with him for hours Saturday to get him to come outside, but said he showed no willingness to cooperate.

TBI said after attempts to get him to come out, he came to the door of his apartment armed with a gun. After agents ordered him to drop the gun, he pointed it at the Blount County SWAT Team.

TBI said two deputies fired shots, and Fann went back inside his apartment.

TBI said a little while later, they heard a single gunshot from inside the apartment. The SWAT Team went inside, and found Fann dead.

An autopsy will be performed on Fann's body.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said they are on the scene of a standoff situation at Riverside Manor Apartments in Louisville.

According to their spokesperson, the suspect was threatening suicide by cop earlier in the week.

Deputies arrived on scene around 9 a.m. Saturday morning. BCSO said negotiators and SWAT are trying to get him out on his own.

Officials said they believe the individual is armed.

BCSO is on the scene directing traffic.

One neighbor told WVLT News that he can't get into his apartment because he lives in the same building as the individual.