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TBI Identifies Man Killed by Officers in Sewanee

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:48 am


Wayne Thomas

The TBI has identified the man fatally shot by officers in Sewanee on Thursday afternoon.

man shotThe shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m. down Deepwoods Road off Fire Tower Road not far from St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. The man has been identified as Randy Wayne Cole, 40, of Antioch

At the request of Franklin County District Attorney Mike Taylor, TBI agents are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller, the shooting occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday when the Franklin County Communications Center received a 911 call from Cole. Cole allegedly told the dispatchers he was going to either kill himself or force officers to shoot him.

Officers started to search for the caller and located him on Deep Woods Road. According to the sheriff, the man was armed with a gun and the officers from the sheriff’s department, the Sewanee Police Department and Monteagle Police began talking with the man trying to get him to put his weapon down. But he fired shots at the officers and they returned fire with an undisclosed number of bullets striking Cole. He was transported to Emerald Hodgson Hospital where he died.

According to TBI press release, the state agency is continuing to verify the report of the officers.

The TBI did not identify the officers involved and neither did Fuller.

The TBI forensic personnel arrived at the scene and gathered relevant evidence and conducted interviews of the officers. After completing its investigation the TBI will submit its report on the shooting to Taylor, who will determine what action, if any should be taken.

Friday Sgt. Chris Guess of the sheriff’s department stated that the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the TBI investigation is ongoing.