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Monday, November 05, 2018

Stroud dies in officer involved shooting
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is heading up the probe into an early morning officer-involved shooting death in Cocke County. Henry Gregory Stroud, 36, Epley Road or Canal Way, Newport, died at the scene. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said the initial call came in to Cocke County Central Dispatch at 12:19 am. Sheriff deputies were told Stroud was walking in the middle of South Highway 321 and had nearly been struck by a vehicle. Two deputies arrived on the scene at 12:28 am and found the subject in the middle of the roadway near the intersection with Epley Road. A city police officer also arrived on scene a short time later. "The male was in the roadway and acting odd and the officers observed what appeared to be a black pistol in his right hand. The officers took precaution and cover behind their vehicles and attempted to calm the male down by speaking with him, asking him to drop the weapon multiple times," the sheriff said. Fontes said he was told Stroud "acted irrational, as he walked toward officers and asked the officers to shoot him." The officers told the subject they did not want to shoot him, asking the man to put down his gun several times. According to the sheriff, the male walked away from the officers carrying the weapon and crossed the median, then turned toward the officers again and placed the gun on the ground. Although being complimented for putting down the gun, the male again immediately picked the gun up and pointed the weapon at one of the officers. In response, two county officers fired their weapons striking the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene. Asked if the man was under the influence, the sheriff said he was acting irrationally and odd. "We are looking into that. We have collected evidence at the scene that will help us to determine if he was under the influence." The officers were not injured in the incident. Newport Chief of Police Maurice Shults said the highway, both north and southbound, was closed to vehicles between the Cosby Cut-Off Road intersection and the south end of Epley Road until till just before 8 am this morning as investigators worked the scene.

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