Hancock County officer-involved shooting under investigation by TBI
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.