The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after two Greeneville police officers were shot trying to take a suspect into custody.
Assistant Greeneville Police Chief Michael Crum said two GPD officers were shot while attempting to take a suspect into custody. Both officers are 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.
The TBI confirmed to our sister station WJHL the suspect in the incident is dead. 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 who did not reside at the apartment. For reasons still under investigation, the man became combative, pulled a gun on the officers, and fired shots.
Two of the officers were struck. The two officers returned fire, hitting the man. 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.
This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.