This past Saturday night, around 10:30 p.m., a Grundy County Sheriff’s Department deputy observed a gray Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed near Coalmont Elementary School. An attempt to stop the vehicle was made near the intersection of Hwy. 56 and Morgan’s Ridge Road but the vehicle fled.
Deputies gave chase, said Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum, taking them to B-Mine Road in the Flat Branch Community. The suspect pulled the vehicle off the road in an attempt to turn around. The deputy exited his vehicle and ordered the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect brandished a firearm, resulting in the deputy engaging the suspect and firing shots as the vehicle began speeding toward the deputy and struck his patrol car.
The suspect’s vehicle went a short distance down the road and crashed. The suspect then fled on foot and later attempted to get a ride with a local resident but was unsuccessful.
At the crash scene, a 20-year-old female was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. She has been identified as Shelby Comer from Beersheba Springs. Her body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville. Shrum said it was unclear if Comer died during the shooting or before.
At approximately 8 a.m., on Sunday, after a nine-hour manhunt, deputies took the suspect into custody in a wooded area near the scene without incident.
The suspect has been identified as Jacky Wayne Bean, 32, from Soddy Daisy.
“Bean is currently being held at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and has no bond,” said Shrum. “A bond hearing will be set this week.”
Bean is charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment times three, DUI, and Violation of Implied Consent. More charges are expected later this week.
The deputy is on paid administrative leave, which is policy according to Shrum.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation of the case.