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.