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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a fatal shooting involving deputies from Knox County.
According to KCSO, at 11:30 p.m. on October 1, 2023, the sheriff’s office responded to a domestic call in the 3200 block of Denver Lane off of Pellissippi Parkway in the Hardin Valley area. The TBI said deputies encountered “an armed individual” at the residence.
TBI said that the situation escalated and shots were fired by both the individual and “at least one of the deputies.” Matthew Logan Rose, 30, was pronounced dead on the scene after being shot while one of the officers was taken to UT Medical Center with very serious injuries.
“[Domestic calls are] one of the most dangerous calls that an officer will ever answer in their career,” said Kimberly Glenn, KCSO spokesperson, “Tonight’s a prime example of that. You never know what to expect, when you go to a call.”
Glenn went on the call the situation “very tragic” and said that the deputy is “fighting for his life.”
TBI is investigating what led to the situation escalating as well as the events leading up to the shooting.
“Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for her review and consideration. The TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters; that decision rests with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement,” reads a release from the TBI.
The transportation of the officer to the hospital led to a large police presence along I-40 and outside of UT Medical Center.
Several area law enforcement agencies and officials have offered prayers and support to KCSO.
Police officers risk their lives every single day to protect their communities. That grave reality was once again brought into sharp focus by last night’s incident on Denver Lane. My deepest prayers are with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the family, friends and colleagues of the deputy who was wounded. Our department will do everything in our power to support KCSO as they navigate this tragedy.
Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel
Last night a Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot and seriously wounded while responding to a call. Crystal and I are praying for this brave officer and the entire KCSO family. We often take law enforcement for granted and forget about the dangers they face. These men and women put their lives on the lines for us every day and night.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs
Sheriff Jimmy Davis and LCSO deputies extend our prayers for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and their deputy who was shot last night while on duty. We pray for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the family and friends of the deputy and the entire Knox County Community.
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office
The City of Madisonville Chief of Police Danny Russell and the MPD officers extend our deepest prayers to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office during this time. We are praying for the deputy, family, friends and colleagues. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Madisonville Police Department
Sheriff Tommy J. Jones and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are praying for the Knox County deputy that was shot while on duty last night. We extend our prayers to the deputy’s friends, family, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Tommy Jones
Chief Jim Washam and Kingston Police Department extend our prayers for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and their deputy who was shot last night while on duty. We pray for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the family and friends of the deputy and the entire Knox County Community.
Kingston Police Department
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong and BCSO deputies extend our prayers up for the Knox County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot last night while on duty. We are praying for the deputy, his or her family, and the deputies of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chad Mullins and the HCSO asks that you pray for the Knox County Deputy who was injured overnight while responding to a domestic call. He is currently at the UT Medical Center in serious condition. Please pray for our injured brother, his family, his KCSO family and his doctors. Thank you.
Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office