Macon County, TN – A Macon County sheriff’s sergeant was shot twice and the gunman is dead after authorities responded to calls on Tuesday about a man with a gun walking through yards and down the street causing a disturbance and frightening neighbors.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said that Macon County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 1 p.m. on June 15 to the 1800-block of West Stinson Road in Westmoreland, near the Sumner County and Macon County line, and quickly located the suspect, WKRN reported.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons told reporters at a press conference after the incident that the suspect – later identified as 48-year-old Nathaniel Damien Raabe – opened fire as soon as deputies arrived on the scene.
“This man start firing at the deputies before they really knew what’s going on,” Sheriff Gammons said. “They barely got to identify their selves, that’s when he pulled the gun from his head and started shooting at them.”
Deputies returned fire and Raabe retreated inside a home, The Middletown Press reported.
But when more deputies arrived on the scene a few minutes later, the gunman went back outside with a rifle, WTVF reported.
First, Raabe put the gun to his own head.
But then he aimed at the law enforcement officers and opened fire again, WTVF reported.
Deputies returned fire, again, and Raabe retreated back into the home.
Sheriff Gammons said that Macon County Sheriff’s Sergeant Kyle Petty was shot in the leg and the back during the gunfight, WKRN reported.
The wounded hero was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Sheriff Gammons said Sgt. Petty was in stable condition at the hospital, WKRN reported.
The sergeant is a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, according to the sheriff.
BREAKING: Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons tells @NC5 one of his deputies has been shot twice after responding to a disturbance in Macon County. Deputy has been airlifted to Vanderbilt. The gunman has been shot and killed by another deputy. pic.twitter.com/E0v4WJHV9s
— Jason Lamb (@JasonLambNC5) June 15, 2021
Sheriff Gammons said authorities eventually made entry to the home and found the gunman dead, The Middletown Press reported.
TBI has taken the lead on the investigation into the deputy-involved shooting.
“TBI agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, and special agent/ forensic scientists have been on the scene to collect and process any and all relevant evidence,” the agency said in a statement, The Middletown Press reported.
The investigation, once completed, will be forwarded to the District Attorney General, who will make any related charging decisions about the case, TBI said in a press release.