Chattanooga, TN - Off-duty Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputy Dan Hendrix was shot and killed during an armed confrontation with Chattanooga Police Officers early Wednesday morning.
According to WBIR, the incident began at a residence in the 300 block of Shawnee Trail where Hendrix was celebrating his birthday with two female off-duty Chattanooga Police Officers.
Sometime during the party, Hendrix became upset and armed himself with a firearm.
TBI said in a statement, "For reasons still under investigation, Hendrix appears to have changed his demeanor, became agitated, armed himself with a personal firearm, and threatened the two women.”
The two off-duty CPD Officers fled and a 911 call was made about the disturbance at 1:30 AM.
Two Chattanooga Police Officers responded to the residence and found Hendrix in the back yard, still armed. Witnesses said that the Officers commanded Hendrix to drop the weapon several times but he refused. The situation escalated and at least one of the Chattanooga Police Officers fired at Hendrix.
He was shot an unknown number of times before officers started providing him with first aid. He was transported to Erlanger Medical Center, where he later died.
The names of the Chattanooga Police Officers have not been released. No one else was injured.
In a statement, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said “The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer its condolences to the family of our Corrections Deputy and our prayers are with those involved in this unfortunate incident."
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation. A TBI spokesman said that the CPD Officers fired four shots, and that Hendrix's weapon was a personal firearm.
It's still not clear what prompted Dan Hendrix to get into an armed confrontation with police officers, but it appears that he left the officers with little choice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.