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LIVE UPDATE —  TBI identifies man fatally shot by Jonesborough officers

Jessica Fuller • Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 5:59 PM

Update 6 p.m.

A Church Hill man was shot and killed by a Jonesborough Police officer Friday afternoon after he charged officers with a large knife, TBI officials said at the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Friday evening that Mark Clinton Harrell, Jr., 26, was pronounced dead at Johnson City Medical Center after a confrontation with Jonesborough police officers on U.S. Route 11E.

TBI public information officer Leslie Earhart said the incident began with a call about possible drug activity at Country Inn and Suites, 376 U.S. Route 11E, at about 1 p.m. on Friday. Jonesborough officers arrived to find Harrell in the parking lot of the hotel with a large knife in hand. Earhart said he told officers that he wasn’t going to jail and threatened to harm himself with the knife.

According to a press release from the Jonesborough Police Department, the began cutting his neck with the knife.

After that, Harrell ran onto 11E, where a video shared on Facebook shows four Jonesborough Police Officers approaching him with their guns drawn as he continues to walk away. Earhart said Harrell continued to ignore commands from officers to drop his weapon.

Earhart said he fell to his knees in front of 401 U.S. Route 11E, and as officers approached him he charged at them while swinging the blade, prompting one of the officers to fire. Information from the Jonesborough department said he was struck in the chest.

Earhart said Harrell was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. She didn’t say how many shots were fired during the incident.

None of the officers were harmed in the incident, she added, and the TBI is continuing their investigation.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene aiding with traffic control.

“This is a very fluid situation, we’re just getting started, the scene has been processed, at this point agents will interview those involved as well as any potential witnesses,” Earhart said.

Update 4:45 p.m.

One person was shot and killed by a Jonesborough Police officer Friday afternoon after he charged officers with a large knife, TBI officials said at the scene.

TBI public information officer Leslie Earhart said the incident began with a call about possible drug activity at Country Inn and Suites, 376 U.S. Route 11E, at about 1 p.m. on Friday. Officers with the Jonesborough Police Department arrived to find the man, who police haven’t publicly identified yet, in the parking lot of the hotel with a large knife in hand. Earhart said he told officers that he wasn’t going to jail and threatened to harm himself with the knife.

According to a press release from the Jonesborough Police Department, the man began cutting his neck with the knife.

After that, the man ran onto 11E, where a video shared on Facebook shows four Jonesborough Police Officers approaching him with their guns drawn as the man continues to walk away. Earhart said the man continued to ignore commands from officers to drop his weapon.

Earhart said the man fell to his knees in front of 401 U.S. Route 11E, and as officers approached him he charged at them while swinging the blade, prompting one of the officers to fire a gun at him. The press release said that the man was struck in the chest.

Earhart said that the man was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. She didn’t say how many shots were fired during the incident.

None of the officers were harmed in the incident, she added, and the TBI is continuing their investigation. Earhart said the TBI was in the process of identifying the man and notifying his next of kin.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene aiding with traffic control.

“This is a very fluid situation, we’re just getting started, the scene has been processed, at this point agents will interview those involved as well as any potential witnesses,” Earhart said.

Reported previously: 

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation representative on the scene of a shooting involving police officers in Jonesborough on State Highway 11E said the person officers were pursuing is dead.

No officers were injured in the incident. 

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Reported earlier at 2:13 p.m.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reporting a shooting involving a police officer on State Highway 11E in Jonesborough.

According to the agency’s Twitter feed, agents are on the way to the scene, and more details will be released later.

A witness’ video of the confrontation with police posted to Facebook shows a man with a backpack walking backward down the hill near 11E’s intersection with Boones Creek Road followed by three officers with their guns drawn. The man runs across the median, trips and is surrounded by the officers. The video does not show a shooting.

Check back here for more details on this developing story.

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