Grundy County Deputy Charged With Voluntary Manslaughter In Chase Shooting Death

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Toby Holmes
Toby Holmes

An officer-involved shooting investigation in Grundy County by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a deputy, charged with voluntary manslaughter.

 

At the request of 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor, on Dec. 24, 2017, TBI special agents responded to an officer-involved shooting that occurred around 10:30 p.m. in Tracy City.

During the course of the investigation, agents learned that Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy Toby Holmes had attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle, but the driver failed to stop. 

 

A pursuit ensued and the vehicle traveled to B Mine Road. The investigation revealed the driver spun the vehicle around, facing the deputy, and Holmes fired on the vehicle. Holmes continued firing as the vehicle drove past him.

 

One of the projectiles ended up traveling through the vehicle, killing 20-year-old Shelby Comer, who was a passenger in that vehicle.  The vehicle sped off and crashed off of the side of B Mine Road.

 

When law enforcement officers arrived at that location, the driver was not present, and the victim’s body was found inside the vehicle. The driver was subsequently located and identified. He was charged by Grundy County officials.

 

On Tuesday, the Grundy County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Holmes, 42.

 

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Grundy County Jail on a $10,000 bond.


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