CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN – An officer-involved shooting is currently being investigated by both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, after a reported standoff resulted in a deputy being shot and a suspect dead.
Suspect dead after standoff, deputy shot in officer-involved shooting in Cumberland County https://t.co/zRq23dIp8q
Thoughts and prayers for the recover of Deputy Tudor
— Randy Sutton (@LtRandySutton) June 28, 2020
Preliminary details on the investigation have noted that the incident took place at approximately 7:07 p.m. on the evening of June 27th. A Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy was said to have responded to a suspicious person call around the block of Chestnut Hill Road.
The deputy, who was identified as Deputy Tim Tutor, was said to have witnessed what was described as erratic driving by a suspect later identified as Mark Eberly. Deputy Tutor then initiated a traffic stop, and while the deputy was approaching the driver’s side window, he was reportedly shot by Eberly.
According to the TBI, Deputy Tutor returned fire at Eberly while the suspect was said to have fled from the scene. The deputy was said to have sustained a gunshot wound to the upper-right side of his body, and was subsequently airlifted to UT Medical Center for treatment.
Officials from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office stated that authorities had caught up with the suspect’s vehicle roughly a mile up the road from where the initial interaction took place. Eberly reportedly barricaded himself inside of his vehicle, and negotiators and SWAT were called out to the scene to assist.
Law enforcement and crisis negotiators on the scene were said to have made several attempts to try to talk down Eberly, but said attempts were unsuccessful. According to officials, SWAT were said to have deployed a chemical weapon and approached the vehicle.
When deputies on the scene then approached Eberly’s vehicle, he was found dead inside. The TBI stated that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the suspect’s cause of death.
In a press conference that was held after the incident, Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox noted that law enforcement had have previous interactions with Eberly before, stating that he was previously arrested on June 19th for driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.
As for Deputy Tutor, officials say that the deputy is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries sustained.
UPDATE: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Tutor is expected to make a full recovery after reportedly exchanging gunfire with 57-year-old Mark Alan Eberly.https://t.co/VHB4uBMh3g
— wvlt (@wvlt) June 28, 2020
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There seems to be more incidents cropping up all around the country that involve officers being attacked.
On June 25th in Plano, Texas, an officer responded to a collision around 7:00 a.m. at the intersection of Legacy Drive and International Parkway.
As the officer approached one of the involved vehicles, the driver allegedly got out of the car, ran over to the other vehicle, and stabbed the driver multiple times.
The officer moved towards her, at which point the female suspect reportedly turned and stabbed the officer once in the left arm.
The woman was said to have then ran around towards the passenger side of the vehicle, presumably to get into the car.
According to reports, the officer then fired multiple times to stop the attack.
Plano officer fatally shoots woman who stabbed him, another driver after a crash, police say https://t.co/9CGJHZ29iO
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) June 25, 2020
Police were said to have confirmed what happened with body camera footage and witness statements corroborated the alleged chain of events as well. The suspect in this case was said to have been driving a stolen car.
Police are looking into whether or not road rage was a factor in the violent altercation.
Plano Police Department Spokesman David Tilley said:
“Did these individuals know each other or was this just a, somebody got upset because of traffic crash and then just kind of twisted off a little bit? We really don’t know yet.”
The shooting is being investigated by the police department, along with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.
This morning a @PlanoPoliceDept officer was was forced to defend himself from an assailant after being stabbed, protecting another stabbing victim. TMPA attorney Robert Lee Rogers & representative Tony Rike were on scene to assist the officer https://t.co/zEPXyl8Ofv
— TMPA (@TMPALegislative) June 25, 2020
Both of the stabbing victims- the driver and the officer- were taken to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was also taken to the hospital, but she reportedly did not survive. The officer and the other driver were hospitalized with wounds but they are both expected to recover fully.
At this point of the investigation, the suspect has not been identified and the names of those involved have not been released either.
All that was noted of the officer involved in the incident was that he was with the department for 30 years and has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department protocol, while the shooting is investigated.
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