According to information released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at about 11 p.m. officers with the Greeneville Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle that was speeding on Tusculum Boulevard. The driver allegedly failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit.
The TBI reports that the vehicle eventually came to a stop in the 100 block of Mason Street, where the driver got out of the car and ran into a nearby apartment complex. Officers made contact with the female passenger, who identified the man as Joshua Howard. She stated that he lived with her in an apartment located at 144 Mason St.
The woman reportedly took officers to the apartment and gave them consent to search for Howard. Upon entering the residence, officers identified themselves and encountered a second male subject, who did not reside at the apartment.
"For reasons still under investigation, the man became combative, pulled a gun on the officers, and fired shots," states a TBI press release. "Two of the officers were struck. The two officers returned fire, hitting the man. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Both officers were also transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Efforts to positively identify the deceased individual remain ongoing."
Citing policy, the TBI did not identify the officers involved. TBI special agents and forensic scientists continue to work to gather information in the case, which will later be shared with 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong.
Meanwhile, Joshua Howard was later located and taken into custody by the Greeneville Police Department on unspecified charges.