Mom 'cheek to cheek' with son as Pigeon Forge Police fire fatal shot

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A mother said she was 'cheek to cheek' with her son as he was shot and killed by a Pigeon Forge Police Department officer on April 15, 2019.

In a statement from the department, officers said they attempted to serve an outstanding warrant on Samuel Charles Talbott at an apartment complex located in the 2800 block of Suncrest Drive when he brandished a knife and grabbed another individual in the residence.

Officers said they attempted to diffuse the situation, but Talbott refused to comply with repeated commands to drop the weapon. The suspect was shot once by an officer, and pronounced dead on the scene.

Samuel's mother, Patty, said he never threatened anyone except himself.

"He just said I'm going to kill myself, but he was holding on to me because he was scared," Patty said.

She told WVLT News her son had a history with law enforcement and a problem with drugs.

"I can't stand up for him because he's done some really bad things," she said. "He wasn't the monster everyone thought he was. He was just a young boy when he got mixed up in the drug world."

She said he wasn't willing to make the trip with officers back behind bars, which is why he grabbed the knife and held onto her.

"He was scared. He had both arms around me tight and when they shot him, I was right there -- face to face; cheek to cheek."

Patty said officers did everything they could to diffuse the situation but "he kept telling them I'm terrified and I'd rather be dead."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation of the incident.