Trooper Shoots Man Who Pulled Gun On Him After Traffic Chase

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Trooper Tyler Oliphant
Trooper Tyler Oliphant

A Tennessee state trooper on Tuesday shot a man who pulled a gun on him after a traffic chase, the patrol said.

Trooper Tyler Oliphant of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was running radar in the median on I-65 in Robertson County on Tuesday.  Trooper Oliphant witnessed an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed northbound, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The SUV exited the interstate at exit 112, ran a stop sign, and made a sharp left turn onto Highway 25.  The SUV struck a tractor trailer and went down an embankment where it came to rest.  

When Trooper Oliphant arrived, the driver, identified as Montreal Lamont Batey, exited the vehicle and pulled a gun on Trooper Oliphant.  Trooper Oliphant fired his gun striking Batey.  Batey was flown to a Nashville hospital for medical treatment. 

Trooper Oliphant was not hurt.  A firearm was recovered near Batey’s vehicle. 

Trooper Oliphant joined the THP as a road trooper in June 2017. 

The investigation, which is still active, is being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

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