Shooting Victim's Sister Speaks Out

By: Stephen McLamb Email
By: Stephen McLamb Email

Sevier County (WVLT) The sister of a Knoxville man shot and killed by police is speaking out, less than 24 hours after the incident.

Sevier county deputies say 34 year old Michael Shane Price pointed a gun at them when they arrived at his sister's house in Seymour last night.

Police had been called to the home for a disturbance.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb talked with Price's sister Heather about what led up to last night's fatal confrontation.

Michael Price's life may have ended last night at that home on McCleary road.

But Heather Price says his troubles began when his former wife began an affair with their mother's fiancee, breaking apart their family.

Heather says it's left him so distraught his confrontation with police was really a call for help.

"He didn't want to hurt anybody, he just, if anything wanted to hurt himself."

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are now trying to piece together what happened when 34 year old Michael Price was gunned down by a Sevier county sheriff's bullet.

Sheriff's officials say they responded to the home of Heather Price Tuesday evening on a shots fired call.

Sheriff's officials say Price advanced on the officers with a weapon and pointed it at them.

Three weapons were recovered.

Sheriff Ron Seals says, "they recovered a pistol, I believe it's an AR 47 or something AR 15 or AK 47 weapon and a rifle."

Heather Price says, "he never once, and I was there the whole time, he never once pulled a weapon on them, never one time."

Heather says Shane had given the initial officer two of the three weapons and the ammunition when the other officers arrived and the shooting began.

"The worst part is after they shot him, gunned him down, they just let him lay there. They never helped him. They never tried to give him CPR."

Heather says her brother had a hard time coping with his two year long divorce that finally ended in July.

"My brother was married. Had a son and my mother's fiance at the time started having an affair with my brother's wife."

Heather says her brother didn't want to hurt anyone other than himself.

"It just tore his life away to lose his family and his son. That's all he lived for, I mean his little boy, that's all he lived for."

Sheriff Seals says deputies Jason Madison, Leslie Franklin, and Sergeant Darrell Lee are now on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Heather says it's a double tragedy for her family.

She says her mother now blames herself saying if she had never dated the man who got involved with her son's wife, Shane may be alive today.

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  • by doesnt matter Location: knoxville on Oct 17, 2007 at 12:31 AM
    what kind of SHERIFF can not identify a weapon? DUH?
  • by A grieving mom on Sep 13, 2007 at 01:45 AM
    Do ANY of you people think that you could honestly sit here and make such statements if yourchild had been shot down? hope and pray that this NEVER has to happen to any one of you. Judge not!!! Especially if to dont know what you are talking about... PLEASE,let my son rest in peace!!! Find someone that can defend themselves!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Boyds Creek Area on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:46 PM
    I am a resident that lives close to the incident.As for those of you that are concerned about the radio traffic of the incident,don't worry.I was within 1 mile of the incident and i had my scanner on.I heard all the traffic and they tried several times to get him to stop (as stated on the police radio).That was why their supervisor went to the was after that the shooting took place.Our officers are trained very well.One thing that was said was that the suspect didn't like the sirens and lights and one deputy told the sgt to please turn them off that it was upsetting him. that sounds like to me that he was not cooperating.
  • by RENEE Location: SEVIER CO on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:46 AM
  • by Cindy Location: Sevier County on Sep 6, 2007 at 11:29 PM
    My heart goes out to Mr. Prices' family on the loss of their loved one, may they find comfort. According to media reports this individual has suffered due to events in his life. No one ever knows what path life will take us, sometimes people just snap due to grief or a tragedy and become harmful to themselves or others. At that time a person becomes unpredictable. Officers receive many calls for domestic violence or abuse on a daily basis, an officer never knows what to expect when answering those calls. Most of the time the calls may turn out to be nothing but a disturbance or a very dangerous situation as it turned out the other night. Officers have to use their judgment at that time. I do not know the officers involved in this incident, but I feel their actions were justified. Most citizens would eagerly protect themselves if they were in danger. Officers serve the people and should be able to protect themselves when in danger, they have loved ones also.
  • by Grateful Citizen Location: Sevierville, TN on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    (continued) I am not naïve enough to believe that all law enforcement officials always follow protocol or do the “right” thing. I do, however, find it to be an incredible coincidence that all three deputies who reported to the scene are supposedly corrupt and, without provocation, killed a man. My heart goes out to the families of all parties involved, deputies included. I cannot begin to imagine what all those involved must be experiencing. I just wanted to say that I feel safer knowing that my county’s law enforcement officials are doing their job to protect my family and my community, since no one else seems to feel thanks is necessary.
  • by Grateful Citizen Location: Sevierville, TN on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    This entire segment is nothing but an attempt to completely undermine the faith and trust a community puts in their law enforcement officials. The policemen involved are guilty of nothing but following the orders they have been given, to protect the community they serve from harm. Though, as his sister has stated, Michael Shane Price’s “confrontation” with police might have been a “call for help,” that makes him no more rational than someone who intentionally harms others. Intentional or not, the threat was obviously there. His own sister mentions that he was “distraught.” A person that is truly distraught (distraught enough to cause harm to himself) is not in a rational frame of mind. And if he was, in fact, only going to harm himself, then the deputies had a responsibility to protect him from himself, as well as not allowing him to cause harm to those around him. Aside from protecting Price and those around him, the deputies have the human right to protect themselves. (continued)
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:49 PM
    As a local television station please keep on the story. Someone needs to hear the taped police communications as to what was said and when it was said. I wouldn't be surprised if things get erased or conveniently lost or not recorded. The victim has no criminal record and was basically shot like a dog. He was not given proper medical treatment. His sister needs to immediately proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sevier County Police Department and all of the parties involved in the incident. The officers are not highly trained and they did not follow proper procedures. Did anyone hear on the police cars' loudspeaker "Drop your weapon"? Did the police shoot first and ask questions later? What was done immediately after the shooting? Why wasn't the victim transported for medical treatment? Was the scene staged? Why do some of the police officers have criminal infractions/records yet still are on the force? My understanding is that the victim has no criminal record.


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