to flee a Bluff City traffic crash, hitting two officers and a firefighter’s pickup with his car, posed an immediate threat to both law enforcement and the community at large.
“When someone tries to run over and kill a police officer, they’ll do that to anybody,” said Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson during a Monday press conference.
Three officers from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, along with an officer from the Bluff City Police Department, were at the scene of the Sunday incident in the 100 block of Egypt Road.
Anderson declined to identify the three officers who fired on Rodger David Street, 58, or comment on the number of times he was shot. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently conducting a probe into the incident, as is protocol with officer-involved shootings.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Street was driving an Oldsmobile on Egypt Road. Police say his car struck the rear of an SUV, causing minor injuries to a male occupant of the other vehicle.
When officers arrived Street reportedly got into his car and began revving the engine. Anderson said one responding deputy recognized Street, of 814 Dry Branch Road, Bluff City, from a May arrest for driving on a revoked license.
Street allegedly ignored commands to exit his vehicle and attempted to drive away. He reportedly rammed an SCSO patrol car, knocking a deputy to the ground and pinning him between two vehicles, along with striking the Bluff City officer.
Police say Street’s vehicle also hit the personal pickup of a local firefighter, who had responded to the initial crash after hearing it dispatched over the radio.
After allegedly striking officers with his car, police opened fire on Street. He was transported from the scene to Bristol Regional Medical Center, with Anderson saying he’s not sure when he died.