Carter County deputy involved in shooting identified

John Thompson • Nov 15, 2012 at 8:55 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes has identified the deputy involved in the Tuesday shooting incident near the intersection of Okolona Road and the Milligan Highway. Mathes said the deputy was William Ross Frizzell, who has been released from Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a struggle with Keith Brummitt, who was wanted on several felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Mathes said Frizzell will be on administrative leave for the rest of the week as he continues to recover. The sheriff said Frizzell had been choked and beaten by Brummitt before Frizzell ended the struggle by firing a shot into Brummitt.

Brummitt continues to be treated at a local hospital. Mathes said the warrants that Frizzell was attempting to serve on Brummitt remain unserved while Brummitt is hospitalized. Deputies are standing guard and when Brummitt is released from the hosptial, he will be arrested and brought to the Carter County Detention Center.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Brummitt is also facing new charges stemming from his actions with Frizzell.

Frizzell is a new officer. Mathes said he is still working with his field training officer, Deputy Andy Bean.

The incident is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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