Authorities identify woman killed in Claiborne County officer-involved shooting

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon in Claiborne County.

Elizabeth Ann Stropp, 37, of Sevierville was shot and killed after police say she produced a handgun after fleeing on foot after a police vehicle pursuit.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop a vehicle that was the subject of a “be on the lookout” advisory, in Bean Station around 2 p.m. Sunday. Stropp failed to stop and led troopers on a pursuit into Claiborne County and onto Lone Mountain Road.

After Stropp fled on foot, troopers pursued her. Stropp produced a handgun and troopers fired at her striking her. She died on the scene.

Drew Cope lives on Lone Mountain Road. When he woke up Sunday morning, he had no idea that he would come home to a crime scene in his yard.

“No, I didn’t expect that. That was probably the last thing I was expecting when I came home today. There was probably about four or five cop cars when we got there. Then about 10 minutes later, that’s when the massive (Police) presence showed up, that’s when everybody started rolling in,” said Cope.

“Both front doors were open, so that’s where they jumped out of the car was in our yard. And then the foot pursuit happened there,” Cope said.

Two people were also taken into custody following this pursuit, according to WRIL.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available. 

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