Man dies in officer-involved shooting in White County

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WHITE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man died in an officer-involved shooting in White County Thursday.

Officials on the scene told News 2 it began around 4:30 p.m. as a traffic stop in DeKalb County.

The driver, who was in a truck with a fully-loaded trailer behind him, would not stop and kept driving for 17 miles. He was later identified as 33-year-old Michael Zennie Dial II.

Along the way, he reportedly rammed multiple police law enforcement vehicles. Three officers were injured and taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

At one point the wheels on the truck either flattened or came off and the vehicle started to fishtail, causing items from the trailer to spill out.

To stop it from going further, two officers, one with the White County Sheriff’s Office and one with the Sparta Police Department, fired shots into the truck.

The truck then ran off the road, went into an embankment, and then into a treeline.

It was not immediately clear if the driver died from the gunshots or the crash.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case. They will turn their information over to the District Attorney’s Office for review.