ANDERSON CO., Tenn.(WVLT)--Case closed. That's the word out of the TBI about the investigation into the February 29th officer involved shooting that left two people dead in Anderson County.
Anderson County Sheriff Paul White asked for the investigation after the shooting.
The TBI investigation showed the suspects, Michael Baker and Shanna Richardson were under the influence of "bath salts."
Baker and Richardson stole a pickup truck in Indiana and were suspected of stealing gas that morning in Lake City.
They ended up crashing the truck into a ditch. When an Anderson County man stopped to help them he got suspicious and called the cops.
Deputy Jonathan "Adam" Bryant spotted the stolen pickup on Raccoon Valley Road and took off after them. Baker wouldn't pull over. The couple began throwing things out of the truck and one of them starting shooting at Bryant.
Baker eventually pulled into a gravel lot near the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department on Old Emory Road.
Off-duty Deputy Daniel "J.D." Powell was following the chase on the radio and went to help Officer Bryant
Richardson began shooting at the deputies through the truck's rear window. They fired back until she stopped shooting at them.
That's when Baker took off. He was armed and didn't stop when the deputies told him to. The deputies shot him. An empty .22 caliber pistol was found nearby.
When the shooting was over, deputies found Richardson dead in the truck. Baker later died at the hospital.
Officers also found a 12 gauge pump shotgun, more than 30 shotgun rounds and almost 60 rounds of .22 caliber bullets. Also found inside the truck, a spoon that later tested positive for "bath salts" residue.
An autopsy showed Richardson consumed marijuana and "bath salts." She was shot six times. Baker had "bath salts" and Clonazepam in his system. He had two bullet holes in him but the autopsy revealed one bullet could have caused more than one wound. .
Attorney General Clark read the report and determined that the couple didn't care about the safety of others and the deputies had little choice but to return fire.
The TBI and the DA's Office say the officers acted appropriately and should be commended for their actions.