MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville man was shot and killed by police Thursday morning after he allegedly fired at officers and citizens.
The gunman was Lance Cpl. Theodore Jones IV, 27, an Iraq War veteran and former Marine out of Camp Lejeune. Police have not said why Jones started shooting at people.
The incident began when police received calls from residents about shots being fired on Jett Road and East Broadway.
One resident said his car had been shot while traveling on East Broadway. The driver was unhurt.
As an officer arrived in the area of East Broadway between 5th and 6th Streets he was also fired upon. He was not injured.
Officers quickly established a perimeter around the area in an attempt to locate the shooter.
Jones was tracked down in a vacant business at 1811 East Broadway.
When a Maryville police officer approached the building, police say, Jones shot at the officer through a window and then fled.
Jones was seen shortly after in the street holding a weapon. When he ignored officers' commands to drop the weapon two Maryville police officers and a Blount County sheriff's deputy shot him.
Jones was taken to UT Medical Center where he died.
The two officers involved have been placed on
administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete, which could
take five to ten days.
Family issues response
Family members would not answer questions, but Jones' sister, Stephanie Jones Kirk, released a statement saying, "On behalf of the family, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this time. Please respect our privacy as we notify family and deal with our loss. We will release a further statement in due time."
Though a motive is not yet known, Jones' father shed light on the tragedy on his Facebook page:
"Today, I feel great pain. My beloved son, Theodore "TJ" Jones IV, last night suffered another flash back to his combat service as a US Marine. He has lost the battle with PTSD. This morning, he sits within sight of Creator and Jesus. He now smokes the Pipe with other warriors who fought to defend their beliefs. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts."
Witness describes scene
Patricia Kirby woke up around 4 a.m. to what she thought was someone pounding on her front door.
"It was just bam, bam, bam, Long bunches of them.,"she said.
Kirby lives next door to where the shooting took place, so she could also hear the shouting.
"I thought they were hollering for my landlord, 'Hey, Jack,' but they were yelling, 'Get back.' I guess they were talking to whoever they were shooting at," Kirby said.
Kirby says the shooting is very upsetting.
"It's sad. What's the world coming to? What's going on? It's very sad."