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TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Crockett County

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. –The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating a deadly deputy-involved shooting in Crockett County Thursday afternoon.

According to Josh DeVine with the TBI, the incident started around 2:15 p.m. when dispatch started receiving calls of a man who parked his car on the off ramp near Highway 88 and Highway 412 blocking traffic.

Ashley Parker told WREG she saw the man out on the overpass off and on since Tuesday acting erratically and trying to jump in front of cars.

She got concerned and finally called 911 Thursday afternoon.

“More cop vehicles showed up. Maybe five I’d say. That’s when everything literally went down,” said Parker.

According to the TBI, the suspect, Rodney James Hess, reportedly refused when deputies asked him to move. That’s when Hess allegedly tried to use his SUV to strike the officers twice.

One deputy on the scene opened fire. The bullet went through Hess’ windshield striking Hess.

“After he was shot he was able to drive his vehicle a short distance away and actually crashed over this ravine,” said DeVine.

Hess was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center where he later died.

None of the deputies were injured.

The TBI is leading the investigation.

The family released a public statement on Facebook Live Thursday night.