Community shows support for Greeneville PD after officer-involved shooting


For the first time in more than 30 years, an investigation surrounding an officer-involved shooting is underway in Greeneville.

Greeneville Assistant Chief Mike Crum said the department’s last officer-involved shooting investigation happened back in 1985.

Two officers were shot while trying to take a suspect into custody Sunday night.

On Monday people were dropping off food, cards, and coffee at the police department to show their support for the officers.

Both officers were released from the hospital Tuesday and are expected to make a full recovery

Assistant Chief Crum said it’s been an emotional 24 hours for the police department.

“There is no good way to take that call,” Crum said. “It hits home with every officer when another officer is hurt or especially shot it’s just a brotherhood, a sisterhood that we take very seriously.”

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said the shooting happened at an apartment on Mason Street following a traffic stop.

Investigators said Joshua Howard failed to pull over on Tusculum Boulevard Sunday night, leading officers to an apartment complex.

Leslie Earhart, a TBI spokesperson, said that’s when another man inside began started firing shots, hitting two officers.

The suspect involved in the shooting was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s my understanding that one officer was shot in the leg and the other officer received at least one shot in the foot,” Earhart said.

It’s a situation Crum said could have been much worse.

“Last night when the chief and I went and talked to the two officers and their family, we had prayer and we said this is a good day because they’re alive and that’s something we have to hold onto because its something that could have turned out much worse than it did,” Crum said.

As of Monday, both officers were still recovering at a local hospital.

Crum said the department plans to bring in counselors for the officers later this week.

Investigators have yet to release the name of the man killed in the officer-involved shooting.

Officers were able to arrest Joshua Howard following the shooting.

Howard is being held in the Greene County Jail.

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