Thursday, 10 January 2008 01:13
Seven Devils officials tell us that a man
shot by a police officer last night in Foscoe came to the door with a gun.
A Seven Devils Police officer was responding to a mutual aid
call from Watauga County just before ten p.m. The call was a noise complaint
alleging shots had been fired at a residence just south of Casey’s Gap Road on
Highway 105. The officer knocked on the
door and the suspect is alleged to have answered the door with a gun. According
to a statement from Seven Devils Police Department, the officer repeatedly told
the man to put down his weapon, and the man continued to advance. The Seven
Devils officer, who has yet to be identified, fired an unknown amount of shots.
The suspect fell to the floor. He was transported to a landing zone via
ambulance where a helicopter transported him to Johnson City Medical Center. He is currently in stable condition at the Intensive Care Unit. The Seven Devils officer has been placed on routine administrative leave.
Few details have been released in the incident, but
the State Bureau of Investigations is on the case, as is routine with officer
involved shootings. SBI officials are meeting with Seven Devils officials right now. The names of the parties involved have yet to be released. We’ll keep you informed as more information becomes