TBI: Suspect shot at Jellico home after pointing gun at police dispatcher

After pointing gun at dispatcher at police headquarters, agents say suspect barricaded himself in a house

Derron Ausmus (source: Knox County Jail)

JELLICO (WATE) — Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they are investigating after a man was shot by two officers.

Leslie Earhart, public information officer with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Derron Ausmus, 38, walked into the Jellico Police Department at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and pointed a gun at a dispatcher. Then, she said Ausmus went to a home on South Myrtle Beach.

Derron Ausmus (source: Knox County Jail)

Earhart said police made contact with the two residents at the home and confirmed Ausmus was inside. She said both residents were evacuated and the man barricaded himself inside the house.

“He refused to comply with commands to come out, so at that point, officers deployed a type of tear gas in an effort to get him out of the home,” said Earhart. “Shortly after the subject ran out of the home and confronted officers with a gun. At that point, two of the officers fired shots, striking the subject.”

Ausmus was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center, according to Earhart. His condition is not known at this time.

Earhart said forensic scientists are on the scene reviewing evidence.

Ausmus has a long criminal history dating back to 2003 that includes charges of theft, burglary, drug possession, domestic assault, and resisting arrest.

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