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THP shooting shuts down I-26 at Rock Springs

Rain Smith • Jan 12, 2017 at 10:18 PM

KINGSPORT — A Thursday night traffic stop by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Interstate 26 led to shots fired by police, two people being transported to the hospital and closure of the interstate’s westbound lanes..

As of 9:45 p.m., agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were responding to the scene, located at the Rock Springs exit of I-26. TBI Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart said details were being gathered, with specifics currently unavailable. The TBI is handling an investigation, as is protocol for any officer-involved shootings.

THP Public Information Lt. Bill Miller says two troopers were involved in the incident during a traffic stop and confirmed that shots were fired. He said neither officer was injured.

Earhart added that two people who were inside the stopped vehicle were transported to the hospital by EMS. As of 11 p.m., their conditions were unknown.

One of the occupants reportedly pulled a weapon during the stop, according to the TBI.

An investigation is in its infancy, with no additional information available as of late Thursday. TimesNews.net will feature updates as they become available.

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