TBI: Man dies in Jonesborough officer-involved shooting, investigation ongoing


JONESBOROUGH Tenn. (WJHL)- A investigation is ongoing after an officer-involved shooting Monday night in Washington County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

According to a release from the TBI, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on Polo Lane in Jonesborough after they, “received a report of a male subject threatening to harm himself and a relative.”

When authorities got to the home they found a man identified as Gary P. Dorton, 43, “on the front porch, armed with a large knife.”

TBI officials said that Dorton was asked to drop the knife and, “At some point during the confrontation, Dorton charged one of the deputies, resulting in the deputy firing his service weapon, striking him.”

Officials also in Tuesday’s release that, “Dorton still refused to drop the knife and attempted to cut himself. At that point, deputies deployed a taser in order to subdue him.”

Dorton died at the scene, according to authorities.

No further information was immediately available.

Stay with News Channel 11 on-air and on WJHL.com as we continue to follow this developing story.

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