Officers say body cameras can be critical in volatile situations

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy was forced to fire his weapon, killing a man who allegedly attacked him with a knife.

It happened on Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. in Estill Springs. Police pulled over 33-year-old Michael Adams, who authorities had been looking for for days.

“The city officer recognized him asked him out of the vehicle,” said Chris Guess with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department

Adams then took off on foot toward a nearby neighborhood.

“The suspect stopped his vehicle, he exited the vehicle. At that time, the suspect brandished a knife and advanced on our deputy, and he had no choice but to stop the individual,” said Guess.

The deputy shot and killed Adams after the suspect allegedly attacked the him with the knife.

While the case is still under investigation, the sheriff’s department told News 2  there will be evidence of what happened once the case is closed.

Some law enforcement agencies don’t have body cameras, but Franklin County does.

“You may have two conflicting stories and if the event is recorded and you can back it up and look at it on tape, that’s just how it happened because the human eye can see,” explained Guess.

In fact, the body cameras they use have helped in the past.

“We have had as many as six complaints that were dispelled because of the body cameras, and we can back it up and look at the video,” Guess told News 2.

Guess said the safety of the officers is key, but the body cameras can also be used to show how the officer responded and how they acted.

“We try to be as transparent with everything we do as we possibly can.”

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Adams had a knife on him during the incident.

News 2 has requested the footage recorded by the body camera. It should be available once the investigation into the shooting is closed.

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