TBI releases name of deceased in Greeneville officer-involved shooting

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has released the name of the man who died from injuries sustained after he shot two Greeneville police officers Sunday. 

TBI says the deceased individual has been identified as Anthony Orlando Bowers, 24, of Asheville, N.C.

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At the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, TBI agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday evening in the 100 block of Mason Street in Greeneville.

According to investigators, Assistant Greeneville Police Chief Michael Crum said two GPD officers were shot while attempting to take a suspect into custody. Both officers were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

According to a TBI Release, GPD officers attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Tusculum Boulevard before being led on a chase that concluded at 100 block of Mason Street.

The suspect left the vehicle and ran into a nearby apartment complex.  

Officers made contact with the female passenger who identified the man as Joshua Howard and stated that he lived with her in an apartment located on the 100 block of Mason Street.

The woman took officers to the apartment and gave them consent to search for Howard. Upon entering the residence, officers identified themselves and encountered a second male subject, now identified as Bowers, who did not reside at the apartment.

For reasons still under investigation, Bowers became combative, pulled a gun on the officers, and fired shots.

Two of the officers were struck. The two officers returned fire, hitting Bowers. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Both officers were also transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Joshua Howard was later located and taken into custody by the Greeneville Police Department.

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TBI saying the incident remains an active and ongoing investigation, as TBI special agents and forensic scientists continue to work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. Per policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents. 

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