Georgia man dead after Oneida shooting

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said one person is dead after a shooting involving two deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and one officer with the Oneida Police Department Early Saturday morning.

TBI identified 30-year-old Ron Harlan Lewallen from Dalton, Georgia as the deceased individual.

The shooting happened on Alberta Street in Oneida after a vehicle initially refused to pull over for a traffic stop. The vehicle eventually pulled into a business, but the driver of the vehicle (Lewallen) continued to refuse to comply with the officer’s commands.

After a woman was removed from the car for questioning, officers reported they were nearly hit when Lewallen accelerated towards them. 

The officers then fired shots toward the vehicle, which left the parking lot and continued to travel north on Alberta Street for a short distance before crashing.

Lewallen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lewallen’s cousin Harlen Lewallen says he was trying to turn his life around.

“He was just wanting to get away. He knew he had warrants in Georgia, which they probably would’ve sent him back down there for and he just wasn’t wanting to do that this weekend anyways.”

An investigation into the incident remains underway Saturday. No information about the officer’s identities has been released.

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