published Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

TBI probes officer-involved shooting in Grundy County

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State investigators are probing an officer-involved shooting in Grundy County.

The incident happened Monday afternoon in Palmer, Tenn., while deputies were attempting to serve a warrant on a man for escape, according Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials.

Russell Smith, whose age is unknown, was shot twice by two Grundy County sheriff’s deputies after he fled on an all-terrain vehicle and reportedly pointed a weapon at officers in pursuit, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.

The shooting happened around 2 p.m. CDT on Ivey Street in Palmer, Helm said. Three other unnamed persons also were charged for “assisting the escape,” she said.

Grundy County Sheriff’s Office officials said today that they could not provide details about the shooting at this point.

Smith is being treated at Erlanger hospital, but his condition is unknown, according to officials.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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