UPDATE: Suspect identified in Central Avenue officer-involved shooting

UPDATE: Suspect identified in Central Avenue officer-involved shooting

September 12th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

UPDATE: The man who was injured in an officer-involved shooting on Sept. 4 has been identified as Casey Jay Smith, 33, of Hixson. 

Smith was taken to a hospital in critical condition and is still undergoing treatment for his wounds.


ORIGINAL STORY: An officer-involved shooting happened early Monday morning and a suspect has been critically injured, according to a Chattanooga Police Department news release.

Officers responded to a call about 12:20 a.m. regarding a suspicious person at the 5200 block Central Avenue.

During interaction with the suspect, shots were fired by law enforcement. The suspect was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

The Hamilton County District Attorney's office assigned the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office the lead role in investigating the incident

Casey Jay Smith

Casey Jay Smith

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The scene was secured by the Chattanooga officers until such time as the Sheriff's Office investigators could arrive to lead the investigation into the incident.

Chattanooga police are cooperating fully with Sheriff's Office investigators.

Chattanooga police officers who were on scene at the time of the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is per department policy after being involved in an application of deadly force.

Chattanooga police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.