Man hospitalized after shooting himself in the face after a traffic stop in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – A man was sent to the hospital after shooting himself in the face after a traffic stop in Oak Ridge.

The 45-year-old man was stopped by Oak Ridge police on Louisiana Avenue, near the Oak Ridge Turnpike, on Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. for a speed violation.

Officers received reports from the Oak Ridge Fire Department that three cars appeared to be racing, officers were sent to the intersection of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and Jefferson Avenue.

When officers stopped the man’s 1999 Toyota pick-up truck, he got out of the vehicle with a 20 gauge shotgun.

The man refused to comply with the officers repeated orders to place the gun on the ground and proceeded to walk away from his truck while holding the barrel of the shotgun under his chin, officers said.

A crisis intervention team was called to the scene and began negotiations with the man.

About 30 minutes later, the man shot himself in the face, according to officers.

He was transported to the University of Tennessee Hospital by Life Star air ambulance.

His condition is not known at this time.

The name of the victim will not be released until the victim’s family is notified, officers said.

Roane and Anderson County sheriff’s offices responded to the scene to assist with traffic control.

WATE 6 On Your Side will update this story when more information is released from law enforcement. 

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