Hamblen County deputy shot New Market man after being dragged by his cruiser


MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) – A 19-year–old New Market man was killed by a Hamblen County Sheriff’s deputy after he jumped in the deputy’s cruiser and dragged the officer through a field, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said at the scene Friday.

Killed was Anthony John Michael Zapier, 19, of New Market. A TBI spokesman said the incident began around 5:30 a.m. when a wreck was reported in the 300 block Heathcliff Road.

In the 911 call, a man was reported at the scene being disorderly and armed with a gun, the TBI spokesperson said.

When the deputy arrived, Zapier, refused to comply with verbal commands and began fighting, TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart said.

He ran and got in the deputy’s cruiser and the deputy tried to stop him, she said. After being dragged by the cruiser through a field, the deputy fired his weapon, killing Zapier, she said.

The deputy was taken to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The TBI investigation into the incident is continuing.

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


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