HOHENWALD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two police officers were injured in a shooting with a burglary suspect in Hohenwald, Tennessee, Thursday night.
Authorities were initially called to a home in the 100 block of Judy Lane around 7:15 p.m. after for a home break-in and stabbing.
According to a release, the suspect, identified as Allen Swader, confronted the resident before he stabbed him in the stomach and took pills, money and guns from the home. He then fled on foot.
The homeowner did not suffer serious injuries and was able to notify authorities.
“The man who was a victim in this actually helped law enforcement track this individual down. I think this really speaks to the dangers of law enforcement,” TBI Spokesman Josh DeVine said.
Four officers, two from Hohenwald and two from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, were en route to the victim’s home when they spotted Swader.
Law enforcement attempted to stop the 18-year-old but the situation escalated and resulted in the exchange of gunfire.
Swader died at the scene from a gunshot wound. Two officers also sustained gunshot injuries.
According to a release, Deputy Robin Hooks, a Lewis County deputy, sustained at least two gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is continuing to receive treatment.
The second officer, Robert Carroll of the Hohenwald Police Department, was hit in the chest; however, his bulletproof vest prevented any injuries.
“Physical wise we are going to get him checked for blunt force trauma. When you get hit with a round like that, even if it hits your vest, you should be checked out. I’m probably going to encourage him to get checked out today for blunt force trauma. Physically-wise he was in good shape for yesterday. Emotional wise, he was dealing with the stressors of having to shoot somebody,” Chief Sam Livingston with Hohenwald Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing.