HARRIMAN, Tennessee — An East Tennessee prosecutor says police were justified in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1ohnyZT) cited a statement from 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson that says 28-year-old Miranda Michelle Guy was pointing a loaded handgun at two officers and refused multiple demands to drop the weapon before officers fired.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Harriman officers were responding to a burglary call Tuesday afternoon when they saw the suspect vehicle. The TBI says Guy fled in the vehicle, stopping at a residence and running inside. The confrontation occurred when officers followed her.
"The two officers were confronted with deadly force (a fleeing felony suspect with a criminal history pointing a loaded gun who at the time was being pursued from an active crime scene), so they responded accordingly," Johnson stated in the release.
Harriman Police Lt. Dan Schneider and Roane County Deputy Chris White were placed on routine administrative leave, but Johnson said he will recommend both be placed back on active duty "once they have followed any and all department protocols concerning these types of cases."
According to official statements and witness Melissa Grove, Guy tried to take her own life twice before the police shooting. Rove, who shared the home with Guy, said she was sleeping on a couch when Guy came in.
"Officers were running up on the porch, telling everybody to get down, get down!" Grove said.
"When she (Guy) came into the house, she put the gun toward her head, pulled the trigger and it clicked," Grove said. "That when I tried to get the gun from her."
The TBI is investigating the shooting at Johnson's request.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com