published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

TBI reviews deputy's shooting of man in Bradley County

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    No charges have been filed in the shooting of a Bradley County man by a sheriff's deputy.
    Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

No charges have been filed in the shooting of a Bradley County man by a sheriff's deputy.

Bill Forgey, 37, was shot once in the neck Monday night after he refused commands to stop stabbing a female passenger in his vehicle, according to Kristin Helm, spokeswoman with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in critical condition, she said.

The TBI is reviewing the shooting, which is standard procedure when a deputy uses deadly force.

The woman, 34-year-old Heather Killen, was taken to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, where she was listed in stable condition with stab wounds to the neck and chest, Helm said.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at Harry's Food Mart near the intersection of Springplace Road and Dalton Pike. Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle after Killen had called 911 multiple times to report that she was being held against her will inside, Helm said.

Forgey, who was driving, crashed into a metal barrier and a parked car at the gas station. As deputies approached the car, they ordered Forgey to stop assaulting Killen and, when he ignored their orders, a deputy fired one shot and hit Forgey in the neck, Helm said.

The name of the deputy who fired the shot has not been released.

Helm said TBI has not yet established how Killen and Forgey know each other.

"We're still trying to determine the nature of the relationship," she said.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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