2 injured, TBI investigates officer-involved shooting in Cocke County

COSBY (WATE) – A shooting involving a deputy happened in Cocke County Sunday evening, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

TBI says around 11:15 p.m. a National Park Service Ranger saw a vehicle speeding on Highway 441. When the ranger tried to do a traffic stop, the driver, Chelsey Dunbar, turned the vehicle around and fled in the opposite direction. According to the report, Dunbar ran over the ranger’s foot.

The ranger and Gatlinburg police chased the driver on Highway 321 until the suspect reached Cocke County. Cocke County deputies chased the suspect on Highway 32 in Cosby. The report says Dunbar went to Smoky Mountain Elementary School before ramming the front of a cruiser when deputies tried to block the vehicle.

Dunbar drove over a curb and stopped in a field. According to investigators, law enforcement tried to block the vehicle again before the driver hit a deputy that was exiting his cruiser. Dunbar continued to drive toward the deputy, before shots were fired at the suspect.

Dunbar and Cocke County deputy were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The deputy was treated and released. The condition of Dunbar is unknown.

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