Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office said at approximately 1:20 p.m. Saturday, 911 dispatcher fielded a call from a concerned motorist on Interstate 75 northbound.
The caller spotted a woman and two small children walking just north of exit 20.
After arriving in the area, Deputy Dustin Patrick reportedly found the woman and children just prior to the Harrison Pike/Prospect community overpass.
“While the deputy conversed with the woman she unexpectedly produced a knife from her clothing and started slashing at the deputy, inflicting a cut on his right hand.
“The woman continued waving the knife in a threatening manner as she started toward his patrol car containing other weapons that would have posed a serious danger to the public,” noted Gault.
“The deputy fired his service weapon as the woman went for his patrol car and left heading north. About a mile away she veered off the interstate through a fence and into a large tree.” The patrol cruiser was located on 3rd Street N.W., near Raines Drive.
Bradley County Fire Rescue and Bradley County Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the Interstate as well as the scene on 3rd Street, where the woman had crashed the patrol car into the tree.
The patrol vehicle had five visible bullet holes in the driver’s side door.
“She was taken to Erlanger Medical Center where she died a short time later,” Gault said.
Deputies found a stolen car abandoned at exit 20 and that is believed to be the vehicle the woman had been traveling in, according to Gault.
The name of the woman has not been released.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation into the cause of the shooting.
They were being assisted Saturday evening by Tennessee Highway Patrol and officials from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
TDOT officials aided in traffic control near the scene. Traffic along the northbound side of I-75 was tangled for several hours as the preliminary investigation was being conducted.
Patrick will be under procedural administrative leave with pay, according to Gault, as the investigation continues.