Suspect shot by Sevier County Sheriff’s deputy dies

Shooting took place in Sevierville Texas Road House parking lot.

The shooting was reported near Texas Roadhouse in Sevierville.
The shooting was reported near Texas Roadhouse in Sevierville.

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said a wanted suspect shot by a Sevier County deputy died Saturday.

Brandon David Bearden, 29, was shot Wednesday during an altercation in the parking lot of the Texas Road House, located at Collier Drive in Sevierville. TBI said Bearden was shot while deputies were trying to arrest him.

Bearden’s vehicle crashed into the deputy’s vehicle and he tried to run, according to TBI. Officials say preliminary information indicates Bearden pulled out a gun in the deputy’s direction, the situation escalated and the deputy ended up shooting him.

Lily Resnick found herself caught in the middle of it all when her car battery died in the parking lot. “The cop chased them and then a group of guys came out of nowhere chasing them and screaming, ‘No!'” said Resnick. “Then there was five gunshots and the group of guys just disappeared.”

By Thursday, spray paint and sand at the crash spot were all that was left of the scene. “I was telling people to get inside. Originally whenever it happened I was running towards them, but whenever he started running I kind of just stopped and stood there and watched what was happening,” Resnick said.

Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy did not sustain any serious injuries. The deputy’s name has not yet been released.

Bearden’s criminal history shows previous charges of assault on a police officer, domestic assault and several drug charges.

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