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Hancock County officer-involved shooting under investigation by TBI

Source: WJHL
Source: WJHL(WVLT)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 11:37 AM EST
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Hancock County.

It happened Thursday morning on SR 31 near the Hawkins County line.

In a press release, TBI said, "Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 8:45 Thursday morning, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suicidal male parked along Highway 31 near the Hancock County and Hawkins County line.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Charles John Nicholls, Jr. 54, who was holding a gun to his head.

Deputies ordered him to drop the weapon, but he refused to comply with commands.

Deputies continued to negotiate with Nicholls for more than a half-hour.

At some point, for reasons still under investigation, the situation escalated resulting in two deputies firing shots, striking Nicholls. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

No officers were injured during the incident."

TBI said they expect the road to be down to one lane for several hours.

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