An officer involved shooting that occurred last week in LaFollette is still under investigation.
“Once our investigation is complete, our findings will be shared with the district attorney general for his further review and consideration,” said Leslie Earhart, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson.
On Wednesday, police were dispatched to a home on Chapman Crest Drive around 2:30 pm regarding a possible domestic issue. When police arrived, they found Mike Heatherly on the front lawn of his home allegedly waving a gun.
After 30-minutes of trying to coax Heatherly to put the gun down, shots were exchanged, according to police reports. Heatherly was struck and later died. His wife, Rose Bud Ayers, was found dead in the home.
Almost immediately after shooting, Eighth Judicial District Attorney Jared Effler asked the TBI to investigate the shooting.
Since the first of the year, the TBI has been called in eight times to investigate officer related shootings in the Upper East region of the state, Earhart said.
“This remains an open investigation,” Effler said Monday. The district attorney didn’t have a time frame regarding the investigation saying “it would take as long as necessary.”
In the meantime, the officers involved are on administrative leave with pay.
Heatherly was buried Saturday in Powell Valley.
Ayers will be buried this morning in Stinking Creek. Several law enforcement officers turned out en mass last night for the receiving of friends. Ayers is the mother to Jacksboro Police Officer Franklin Ayers. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/31/2018-6AM)