NEW DETAILS: TBI Investigates Sevier Co Deputy-Involved Shooting

By: Stephen McLamb Email
By: Stephen McLamb Email

Sevier County (WVLT) We've obtained new details about a deputy involved shooting in Sevier County that left one man dead.

34 year old Michael Shane Price of Knoxville was pronounced dead on the scene of the shooting on McCleary drive in Seymour late last night.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has been working on this story since it broke.

Today, the Sevier County Sheriff has identified the three deputies involved in last night's fatal confrontation with Price.

Ron Seals says Deputy Jason Madison, Leslie Franklin, and Sgt. Darryl Lee have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the TBI investigates.

That's routine.

Authorities were responding to a disturbance just before 8 pm at Price's sister's home on McCleary Road when they encountered Price.

The sheriff says he was armed with a gun, and pointed it at them despite their warnings.

Price was shot and died at the scene.

Seals says he believes his officers acted accordingly.

"I think the officers, they followed procedure in looking at the situation what i know about the situation that they followed procedure. He was a good man and everybody sees us on the news and they think that he's like out there trying to shoot at them. He wasn't trying to hurt them. He just wanted help."


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  • by constable 298 Location: sevier co on Sep 20, 2007 at 10:47 PM
    the officers are the best in the country i work with all three i trust them with my life they were more than justified in what they had to do.the officers didnt over react, they did what any well trained officer has to do to defend themselves or any other inocent person. i wonder what all these idiots who are making these rude comments about sevier co sheriffs dept. would do if someone pulled a gun or if in this case more than 1 gun would feel if they did not protect them in a manner such as this. i feel sorry for the family, but i also feel more sympathy for the officers that are getting so much critisim for having to be put in this terrible situation.
  • by Sherry Location: Knoxville on Sep 14, 2007 at 10:42 PM
    I am Shanes mom. His sister witnessed the entire situation. The 1st officer on the scene had Shane talked into giving up his weapons.When the Female officer arrived , my son was DEAD within 5 min. In my opion they could have shot him in the leg or done SOMETHING to subdue him. He NEVER meant to hurt anyone but himself.He kept repeating officer Maddisons name and saying" remember his name Bert( which he called his sister) hes trying to help me! "Officer Madison was talking to Shane and upon officer Franklins arrival, my son was shot to his death. NEITHER officer offered CPR or any kind of 1st aid. My daughter is a surgical tech and could possibly have helped to save Shanes life,however she was locked in the back of the police cruiser as she had to watch her only brother die.The officers just stood over him and finally, one of them said, " yeah, hes dead". no checking for a pulse , no cpr, NOTHING!!!!! How cruel is our SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT.? Shoot 1st and ask questions later?
  • by NICKY Location: STRAWBERRY PLAINS on Sep 10, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    I BELIEVE THAT THE OFFICERS ACTED TO QUICKLY AND THAT THEIR IS MORE TO THE STORY THAN WHAT THEY ARE TELLING.
  • by Jesse Location: Knoxville on Sep 7, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    It's like someone from Florida to get half the story and try to form an opinion. 1. learn how to spell 2. get all the story 3. post your comments in your own station's website. The witnesses stated that shots had been fired before Police arrived, and they watch the (deceased) suspect chase the first deputy to arrive, around his cruiser with a gun in his hand, refusing to put the weapon down after repeated warnings by the officer. The TBI is investigating, so let's leave it to them to decide who acted appropriately or not. Go Vols.
  • by jersy Location: st petersburg, fl on Sep 5, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    was the female officer that shot michael shane price the last officer to arrive? after other officers were on seen. also,how many shots were fired to a disarmed man with his hand in the air?????
  • by CONNIE Location: KNOXVILLE on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE. IN ILL. WE HAD RALPH BELL FROM BILL GRAHAM. ME AND MY DAUGTHER SANG IN THE CHOIR. IT IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. IT IS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET. AND PRAYING WITH THE PEOPLE ALSO.

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