At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents are conducting a death investigation at a residence located along S Hwy 25 in La Follette. This morning, deputies with the Campbell County SWAT team were at the residence executing a search warrant. Preliminary information indicates that when the team made entry, James Robert Combs, Jr. (DOB 1/11/73) ran to the back of the residence.
James Combs in a 2017 photo
As the team approached Combs, he fired a shot them. No deputies were struck. The team retreated and began attempting to negotiate with Combs at which point a second shot was heard inside the home. After receiving no response from the subject, deputies re-entered the residence and found Combs deceased. His body will be sent for an autopsy. At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/31/2018 – 3:30PM-PHOTO COURTESY CCSD)