TBI investigating after Morristown Police shot and killed a man after finding a woman dead in a car Friday night

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) – UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports they’re investigating the circumstance that led to an officer-involved shooting Friday evening in Morristown.

The TBI says that officers with Morristown Police responded to the 1600 block of Chestnut Avenue to a report of a stabbing.

TBI reports that when officers arrived, they found 40-year-old Wendy Lea Pope deceased inside of a vehicle; shortly after, officers found 49-year-old Ronald Pope (the victim’s husband) was found inside the couple’s apartment.

Pope was armed with a handgun and refused to comply with officers telling him to drop the weapon.

At some point during the encounter, Pope reportedly raised the weapon at officers, which then prompted four officers to fire shots, which struck him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and no officers were injured during this incident.

TBI says, “This remains an active and ongoing investigation, as TBI Special Agents work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence.  As in any case, TBI’s investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.”

EARLIER: Friday night, officers with Morristown Police Department shot and killed a man after finding a woman dead in a car from apparent wounds to the neck.

Officers were dispatched to a reported knife attack at the apartments on Chestnut Avenue in North Morristown around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they found a female victim deceased in a car in the parking lot from apparent wounds to her neck.

Officers were then confronted by a male coming from an apartment who pointed a handgun at them and began making threats towards them.

The subject ignored the officers’ orders to put down the gun, and officers fired their weapons, striking and killing the man.

No officers were injured during this incident.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations will conduct an independent inquiry in to the incident.

We will update you as we learn more.


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