This comes just four months after he stole an ambulance in Chattanooga from a local hospital.
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman said Shanks got into an altercation at 1594 Lock and Dam Road in Jasper near Nickajack Lake around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, when someone called the police, and the deputy arrived on scene.
The TBI says Shanks was armed, and when the deputy arrived he ran to another house and tried to steal a car. When that didn’t work, Shanks ran into the woods with the deputy in pursuit.
According to the TBI, while in the woods, Shanks raised his gun and aimed it at the deputy, but the deputy fired first, which proved to be fatal for Shanks.
Until today, Shanks had not been identified as the victim. The name of the deputy, meanwhile, is unknown. The TBI does not release the identity of officers involved in shootings. When it has finished the investigation, the Bureau will give the District Attorney’s office the case file.
Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says the deputy involved in the incident warned the suspect to put down his weapon several times, and when the subject refused, the deputy opened fire.
Sheriff’s Department officials say the deputy involved in this incident has been pulled from active duty, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Freepress