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Monday, October 09, 2017

Jefferson City fatal incident
Two officers were injured Friday night in Jefferson City. Just before 11:30 PM, Jefferson City officers responded to a disturbance on West Ellis Street. Upon arrival, officers approached the residence on foot where they encountered an SUV that was parked in the driveway. Officers approached the vehicle to speak with the occupants when the vehicle suddenly sped toward the officers, forcing both to jump from the vehicle’s path. Other officers in the area were notified of the suspect vehicle's description and direction of travel. A short time later, Jefferson City Sgt. Scott Winstead notified the other units by radio that he had been involved in a serious car crash at the intersection of George Ave. and King St., only a few blocks from the initial incident. Officers responded and quickly determined that the vehicle that struck Sgt. Winstead was the vehicle that had fled West Ellis Street moments earlier. Police say it was apparent that the suspect vehicle failed to stop at the intersection and had struck the Sgt. Winstead's cruiser at a high rate of speed. Several nearby Carson-Newman University students noticed that the patrol car had caught fire. They immediately extinguished the flames while they and arriving officers pulled the entrapped sergeant and Carson Newman Public Safety Officer Lucas Trent from the vehicle. Police Chief Andy Dossett said the heroic actions of the students likely saved both officers. Sgt. Winstead and Trent were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar but t6oday a hospital spokeswoman said neither man remains hospitalized. The unidentified male occupant in the SUV was transported to UT Medical Center and one unidentified female occupant died at the scene. Sgt. Winstead, a 25 year veteran of the department, is assigned to Carson-Newman University as the supervisor of police operations. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is the investigating agency.


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