TBI update on the officer-involved shooting on HWY 111N
by Bobby Lee McCulley | April 15, 2017 9:30 am
UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 (By KIM SWINDELL WOOD)
The TBI has confirmed the identity of the man who died in the Thursday, April 13, 2017, incident. His name is Michael Zennie Dial II, of Clarksville.
UPDATE @ 6:43 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 (By KIM SWINDELL WOOD)
Sheriff Patrick Ray, of DeKalb County, contacted SpartaLive at 1:20 a.m., April 14, to clarify some of the details of the story below
Ray stated Smithville Police Department had four units that were the primary units in pursuit. The only DeKalb County Sheriff Department unit involved was a backup unit that started at the Smithville city limits behind the police department units and traveled a short distance to the DeKalb County/White County line and then terminated its pursuit, while all four Smithville police department units kept pursuing into White County.
ORIGINAL STORY @ 10:03 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017 (By BOBBY MCCULLEY)
According to TBI Spokesperson Susan Niland who was on the scene of the officer-involved shooting, there were three officers injured and there is one male subject who is deceased.
At approximately 4:38 pm, the DeKalb County Sheriff Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black pickup truck pulling a trailer. The driver of this vehicle did not pull over for law enforcement personnel.
The pursuit led officers into White County down HWY 70 and eventually onto HWY 111N. According to the TBI, officers from the White County Sheriff Department and the Sparta Police Department attempted to stop the fleeing male subject.
The male subject on several occasions sideswiped and rammed into law enforcement vehicles that were attempting to stop the subjects vehicle.
Reportedly, three patrol vehicles have been damaged because of this incident.
At a certain point the tires/wheels on the trailer came off causing the trailer to fish tail into the median of HWY 111.
TBI spokesperson Susan Niland stated in the press briefing that an officer from the Sparta Police Department and a deputy with the White County Sheriff Department opened fire at the male subject’s vehicle in an attempt to stop the subject.
After officers opened fire on the vehicle, the truck left the roadway, went down an embankment, and came to a stop in the tree lines on the right side of HWY 111N.
The male subject who attempted to flee law enforcement was announced dead at the scene.
The three officers, one with the Sparta Police Department and two with the White County Sheriff’s Office who were injured, are being treated at a local hospital for injuries that are consistent with being in a automotive crash.
The TBI has not yet confirmed the identity of the male subject who was pronounced dead at the scene. Also, the names of the law enforcement officers who were injured in this incident have not been released yet.
HWY 111N will remain closed until further notice as the TBI continues to work the crime scene. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and to utilize Roberts-Matthews Highway.
SpartaLive will continue to confirm information about this incident from the TBI and will post them when they are made available.