A Sevierville man is dead following a police shooting Friday night on Ernest McMahan Road. According to reports officers with the Sevierville Police Dept. responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute at approximately 10 p.m.
A woman living at the residence had called the SPD to report her ex-boyfriend was pounding on the door demanding to enter. She explained to police there was an order of protection against the man. When officers arrived they found the suspect sitting in his vehicle in the driveway near the home.
Officers approached the car and attempted to speak to the suspect. One of the officers reportedly noticed a shotgun on the front seat of the car and took evasive action. The officers made several attempts to instruct the suspect to exit the car. The suspect repeatedly refused. Officers reported the man was drinking alcohol.
Several additional officers were called to the scene and for more than an hour they attempted to persuade the man to exit the vehicle and surrender. Their requests were met with refusals at which time the man continued drinking and was observed using his cell phone. During the stand-off he sent several texts to his ex-girlfriend including one in which he threatened to break her door down.
After approximately 90 minutes officers saw an opportunity to apprehend the suspect and approached the vehicle. As they approached the car the suspect raised a pistol and pointed it at officers. In response, one of the officers shot the suspect.
Officers quickly removed the wounded man from his vehicle and emergency medical technicians were on the scene to administer first aid and CPR. The suspect was dead on arrival at LeConte Medical Center. The name of the deceased has not been released by police. The officer involved in the shooting is being placed on administrative duty as per SPD policy. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting as a standard procedure. The name of the deceased will be released following notification of family members.