UPDATED: Murfreesboro police identify officer who shoot man reportedly brandishing a handgun

Jun 08, 2021 at 04:45 pm by Michelle Willard

The site of an officer-involved shooting near West Rutherford Boulevard and Southpointe Way. (Submitted)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning, June 6 in Murfreesboro, according to statements from the Murfreesboro Police Department and TBI. 

According to the TBI, the shooting occurred shortly after 5 a.m., after two Murfreesboro officers were approached by a man in a vehicle who displayed a handgun. A brief pursuit ensued, which ended near West Rutherford Boulevard and Southpointe Way, the TBI said in a press release. Officers talked with the man, who continually displayed a handgun, for more than half an hour and used less-lethal means before an escalation, in which an officer fired his service weapon.

MPD has identified the officer as Officer Joshua Hinkle. He has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Hinkle joined MPD in December 2018. 

The man sustained a gunshot injury and was transported to a local hospital to be treated. As of Wednesday, June 9, the man is recovering in the hospital and is in stable condition. No officers were hurt during the incident.

The TBI investigation was opened at the request of 16th District Attorney General Jennings Jones.

TBI agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, as well as gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.

The TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.

The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead, refers questions of that nature to the respective department to answer as it sees fit.

Any available updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com.


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