PHILADELPHIA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was a dramatic scene in Loudon County on Friday morning as troopers arrested three people after a traffic stop went bad.
"It was pow-pow-pow-pow. You knew it was gunfire, you knew," said Dana Dungey, who was setting up her outdoor plant stand near the I-75 in Philadelphia when she heard the gunfire.
It started around 8:15 near the Philadelphia exit on I-75 North. Trooper Eric Miller pulled over a gold Buick with three people inside for a suspected DUI. He'd just finished getting their information when the Highway Patrol said a struggle happened and Miller fired his gun. The suspects then took off.
"I had a cop come by later and tell me that it probably wasn't safe to be here. So I went over to the store and waited over there for awhile until I heard they got them all," said Dungey.
Troopers arrested the driver, 50-year-old Nessie Brotherton, and passenger Ralph McNabb a few miles away in the woods, close to where they found the car. They arrested the 19-year-old suspect, Daulton Brotherton, at a nearby gas station.
A customer at the gas station who didn't want to be identified said Daulton Brotherton came in and asked to use someone's phone. He called 911, told them where he was and that he wanted to talk to officers.
Trooper Miller wasn't hurt, but fellow troopers didn't know that at first.
"A lot of things go racing through your mind. You know, is the trooper okay, what happened, you know. And until you know, it's just everything is up in the air," said Lt. Don Boshears.
Boshears said they're still investigating what led to the shooting.
Miller has been with the Highway Patrol since 2007. Lt. Boshears said they'll interview him and also look at camera footage from the patrol car to figure out what happened.
Troopers said they'll talk the case through with the District Attorney's office to decide on charges.
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