Newbern, TN – Three people were shot, including two law enforcement officers, at a New Year’s Eve party early Monday morning in Tennessee.
It was almost closing time when an altercation broke out during a party at Douglas Café, also known as Betty’s, on Smith Street, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
Authorities said shots were already being fired when the officers arrived on the scene, according to WREG.
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office reported that the officers returned fire, according to LocalMemphis.com.
Two Newbern Police Department officers and one suspect were injured. All three were airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment.
Police arrested the injured suspect at the scene, but two more suspects were still at large, according to the sheriff’s department.
TBI said they were investigating the shooting with the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department at the request of 29th District Attorney General Danny Goodman.
The agency released a statement that sai d the TBI Violent Crimes Response Team was responding to the venue to collect evidence and document the scene.
“TBI Special Agents and Forensic Scientists will gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation,” the statement read. “Throughout the process, Agents will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his review and consideration.”
It also said the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents, and instead referred questions to their respective department.
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office told WREG that the police officers who were shot were in stable condition.
The TBI has not yet released any information regarding the injured suspect’s medical status.