TBI: Officer shoots, kills intoxicated man who threatened police with knife

(SOURCE: Janice Davis)
(SOURCE: Janice Davis)

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Fayette County.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of Woodbridge Road, just off Highway 64, in Somerville at 6:15 p.m.

Michael Morris, 54, was intoxicated and suicidal when police arrived, according to TBI.

Investigators said Morris had a knife when two officers arrived at his home. He threatened the officers and the officers tried to use non-lethal force to subdue him at least twice. The situation escalated and one of the officers fired his weapon, killing Morris.

"Michael was the nicest guy! Very caring, loving family man - from a great family," Morris' cousin Paula Morris Parker said.

Friends and loved ones of the man and his family were shocked to hear what happened.

"He's been living with them [family] and having some problems and I think he barricaded himself. What I heard is that he barricaded himself in his room or somewhere and then he tried to attack the policeman with a knife," family friend Sally Baggott said. "When I first heard it I thought why couldn't he just shot him in the foot or something you know."

The TBI has not identified the officer who fired the weapon.

The TBI has agents on the scene gathering information and interviews, along with Forensic Scientists, who will collect evidence at the scene. The findings of the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney for consideration on any further action.

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