Suspect Shot By Overton Co. Deputies



The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting that took place on Frogtown Road in Overton County on Wednesday April 17.
An article in the Cookeville Herald-Citizen on Thursday, April 18 by Lyndon Johnson of the Overton County News reported that according to Overton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Garrett, deputies initially responded to a call about a possible aggravated assault with a firearm at 564 Frogtown Road, Livingston.
“Once on-scene, officers made contact with the subject in question. Subject in question at this point set firearm at officers. Officers fired upon the subject,” Garrett said.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Kristin Helm said the subject in question was Roy Garfield Cordell, 72. Both Helm and Garrett said Cordell was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Garrett added, “Subject left the scene, still conscious, but via ambulance” to Livingston Regional Hospital and was still at Erlanger as of the 5 p.m. hour Wednesday, though “condition unknown.”
Radio traffic at the time of the incident near the 1 p.m. hour indicated Cordell may have been shot in the abdomen.
Garrett said Cordell pointed a semi-automatic shotgun at the deputies.
But the chief deputy declined to identify which deputies were involved in the response and which deputy or deputies fired upon Cordell. He said no law enforcement officers were hurt in the confrontation. One deputy is reportedly on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.