At the request of 12th District Attorney General Mike Taylor, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) agents are investigating the circumstances leading to a potential officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week in Marion County.
Preliminary reports indicate that shortly before midnight, a South Pittsburg police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle. The driver refused to stop and continued toward Jasper. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department engaged in the pursuit down Industrial Boulevard, which ended when the subject’s vehicle became disabled on railroad tracks. Reports from the scene indicate as officers approached the vehicle, they heard a shot fired and observed the driver with a gun. One deputy then fired his weapon. As officers continued toward the vehicle, they found the driver deceased from a gunshot wound. Whereas originally unidentified, the victim has since been identified as Joshua Lamar Dismuke (DOB 06/02/2003).
Whereas the exact nature of the initial interaction by South Pittsburg Police Department is unclear, the driver was found to be operating a stolen vehicle. A previous arrest for burglary in Hamilton County in September and an arrest for reckless endangerment of November of last year matches the description and birthday provided of the man being pursued according to publicly available records received by Marion County News.
Following the shooting, three TBI agents came to the scene the following morning to collect evidence and conduct interviews. Agents also collected the body cam footage from at least four officers to review the series of events.
Twelfth Judicial District Mike Taylor stated, “The preliminary report from the TBI and the Medical Examiner indicates that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound. TBI has collected all weapons including the Deputy’s and they will be sent to the laboratory for comparison to the projectile recovered from the deceased. We will wait for the final report from the Medical Examiner and the firearms examination reports from the TBI Laboratory.”
Marion County News continues to follow this story.