TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting last night in McMinn County. Officers with the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force arrived at a residence on County Road 909 to follow up on a narcotics investigation. When they arrived, 62-year-old Paul Eugene Armstrong reportedly came out of the home holding a gun and pointed it at the officers. At some point during this encounter, one with the Athens Police Department and another from the sheriff’s office fired their weapons, striking Armstrong, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team are assisting at the scene while TBI Special Agents work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. As in any case of this nature, TBI’s investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.