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TBI says suspect fired at Hawkins, Greene deputies before being shot

STAFF REPORT • May 25, 2020 at 1:50 PM

BULLS GAP — At the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong, TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night in Hawkins County.

According to the TBI, preliminary information indicates that at about 9:30 p.m., a deputy with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office observed what appeared to be an abandoned car in the VFW Auxiliary parking lot at 200 N. VFW Road in Bulls Gap.

While investigating the vehicle, the deputy heard a female call out to him.

The deputy made contact with the woman, who stated that her husband, identified as Michael Snyder, 44, walked into a nearby wooded area and mentioned harming himself.

A check of Snyder’s information revealed that he had an active warrant out of Hamblen County for failure to appear.

Additional Hawkins County deputies, along with a K9 team from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the scene to assist in searching for Snyder. Deputies located Snyder a short distance away and discovered he had climbed a tree.

At some point during the confrontation, Snyder allegedly fired a weapon at deputies. One Hawkins County deputy and the Greene County deputy returned fire, striking him.

Snyder was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Times News that Snyder was listed in critical condition.

No deputies were injured during the incident.

The TBI is continuing to investigate the incident and will share its findings with the district attorney general for his consideration and review.

The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective departments.

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