NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A longtime undercover police officer said the murder of a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation during an undercover drug buy in Jackson, Tennessee, is heartbreaking.
The former officer now works for the state and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He asked News 2 not to use his name or show his face because he still participates in undercover operations.
He spent eight years working with the Metro Nashville Police Department and, at one point, was a field training officer before going to work for the state of Tennessee.
“Any time an officer is sent into an undercover operation, there has already been a risk analysis to see if the outcome of the operation is worth the risk to the officer and others,” he explained. “The most dangerous part of the undercover operation, when it comes to drugs, is when the drug and money exchange is about to happen.”
He continued, “That is because someone may decide to try to rob the officer or another person involved.”
The TBI said the investigation into the murder of Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier is ongoing. Frazier was shot and killed during an undercover drug by on Tuesday, allegedly by 23-year-old Brenden Burns.
“This is devastating for his community and for the world,” the undercover officer said. “Most importantly, this is a huge loss to his family.”
The officer said doing undercover drug enforcement is necessary when agencies have trouble getting enough evidence to prosecute someone or if they are trying to identify key players in a drug operation.
“No matter the drugs, whether its crack or marijuana, there are consequences,” the officer said. “Innocent people can get hurt.”
The officer also told News 2 there are a number of training programs and academies now that offer state approved training for undercover operations.