LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Previously, Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to investigate an officer involved shooting which occurred in the City of La Follette on April 1, 2019. The TBI has now completed its investigation. After reviewing the findings of this investigation, District Attorney General Jared Effler has concluded that the officers acted appropriately and has requested the TBI to close its case.
In the predawn of Monday morning (April 1, 2019) just before 7 am, La Follette Police Department officers responded to the call of a white female attempting to force her way into a home at 803 East Prospect St. When officers arrived they spotted a person matching the description in a grassy area on Prospect St. near the home, according to the release. As officers approached the suspect, she pulled what appeared to be a semi-automatic hand gun from the waist band of her trousers, the report said. The suspect was given several verbal commands to “drop the gun.” At that point, the suspect raised the gun and pointed it at one of the officers, and two officers fired upon the suspect as outlined in LPD’s release.
Crime scene tape stretches around the front of the home at 803 East Prospect Street
Those same officers immediately began providing medical assistance to the suspect until first responders with the La Follette Fire Department arrived and took over. The woman was taken to the La Follette Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The suspect was identified as 28-year- old Lianna London, a white female, with an address, according to records at the Campbell County Jail, of Pack Street at Jacksboro. The LPD report notes London has both local ties as well as ties to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Evidence markers indicate where the shooting took place
In the statement from the La Follette Police Department, the two officers involved were five-year veteran Sgt. Noah Riggs and Officer Shane Tielman. Tielman has been a full-time policeman since July 2018. Both officers, along with two-year veteran Officer Aaron Adkins, who was on scene, have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending completion of the initial investigation.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handled the investigation. Its agents were soon on the scene near the corner of North Cumberland Ave. and East Prospect St. close to the East La Follette Baptist Church.
Read the full release HERE.
Here are links to the progression of stories from the first word of the shooting beginning on Monday, April 1, 2019. Story one. Story two. Story three. Story four. Story five. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/19/2019-2:45PM)