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Crockett Co. Shooting Involving Officer Under Investigation

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

Maury City, Tenn. - New details have been released in a deadly weekend officer-involved shooting, and 7 Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the family of the man who was shot by a Crockett County deputy.

The shooting stemmed from a chase that started in Missouri and came to a fatal end in Maury City.

Family members said they are upset over what happened - not just the fact that 22-year-old Tommy 'TJ' McCoy, Jr. is dead, but the way they said law enforcement handled the situation.

Tommy McCoy said he watched from his own kitchen window as his son, TJ, was shot and killed late Saturday night.

"The officer was standing 10 feet away from my son, and shot him in the back, and killed him instantly," McCoy said.

According to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, officers chased McCoy from Pemiscot County, Missouri across state lines to Crockett County, after they said he almost hit an officer directing traffic at the scene of a fire.

The chase ended in front of McCoy's father's house on Highway 88.

Investigators said McCoy fled on foot, then a deputy shot him.

"All they had to do was tase him, and my son would still be here... in jail, but he'd still be here," McCoy said. "Now he's gone. He's got two little boys. I've got two grandsons that don't have a daddy now."

Family members said TJ was unnarmed, and did not know how to use a gun.

The TBI did not say whether McCoy was armed or not.

Family members said dozens of officers were lined up along Highway 88, but TJ did not know why he was being chased.

They said TJ was on probation in Missouri, and ran away from officers because he did not want to go back to jail. He came back home to Crockett County to start over.

Family members said what happened will haunt them forever.

"I can't even stay in my house 'cause every time I look out my window I see my son getting killed right before my eyes," McCoy said.

Sheriff's officials told 7 Eyewitness News they could not comment on the case because the TBI is looking into it.

They did say they are conducting their own internal investigation.

The TBI said it is up to the Crockett County Sheriff's Office to release the officer's identity and employment status.

They said once they are through investigating the case, they will turn it over to the District Attorney's Office for review.

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