Man shot by police charged after trying burn down estranged wife's home

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) - A Morristown man has been charged with attempted aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated arson and possession of a firearm by a felon after he tried to break into a home where his estranged wife lived. 

When police arrived to the home on Dedra Street around 10 a.m., they found Lanny Carroll, 52, had tried to enter the home through a back window. After he was unsuccessful, he attempted to set the home on fire and threatened to "burn them up."

Carroll's wife and bedridden father were inside the home at the time.

Officers ordered Carroll to stop and show his hands. Carroll initially followed orders, according to Morristown police. However, as officers tried to handcuff him, he pulled away and took out a gun, pointing it at the officer.

An officer pulled out his 9mm service weapon and fired, striking Carroll once in the chest. 

Carroll was transported to UT Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Morristown police say they are familiar with Carroll and the home where the shooting occurred.

The officer was not injured and has been placed on 24-hour administrative leave, which is the department's policy. 

"We are grateful the officer is okay, and we're grateful the suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries," said a Morristown Police Department spokesperson. 

Police say they believe the officers followed department procedure. 

The officer who shot Carroll fired his gun on another call in 2017 during a chase. No one was hit that time. 

A neighbor said Carroll was in the middle of divorce proceedings with his wife, who lives in the home where the incident occurred.

Carroll was previously arrested in November 2017 for aggravated assault and a probation violation, according to TBI records. He also served time in jail for possession of drugs, including oxycotin, cocaine, marijuana and methadone.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting and will share its findings with the district attorney general's office. 


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