Man shot to death by police in Brainerd home invasion is identified

Man shot to death by police in Brainerd home invasion is identified

August 21st, 2012 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Chattanooga Police continue to investigate the scene at 1332 Florida Street in Brainerd where a man was shot and killed by officers responding to an early-morning home invasion report.

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Police have identified the suspects and victims involved in a home invasion that left one suspect dead early Tuesday morning.

Ronald Lovell Wright, 31, was fatally shot by officers during the home invasion, said Chattanooga police spokesman Officer Nathan Hartwig.

A second suspect, Kevin Williams, 19, was taken into custody at the scene, Hartwig said. Warrants are being obtained on Williams for three counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, Hartwig said.

Logan Naff, 24, Adam Vogelmeier, 24, Taylor Worley, 19, Austin Schmucker, 18, and Michael Kessler, 19, have been identified as the residents of the Brainerd home where the invasion and shooting took place. None of the victims inside nor officers responding were injured.

A neighbor contacted police after watching two assailants kick in the front door of a home at 1332 Florida Street at 12:12 a.m., said Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd.

Officers were in the neighborhood responding to a nearby alarm call when the call went out. They arrived on scene and surrounded the residence, Dodd said.

One of the assailants exited what appeared to be a rear window and was armed with a rifle or shotgun, Dodd said. The gunman confronted officers and was shot. He died on scene.

Residents reported hearing as many as six gunshots.

The second suspect came outside the residence, along with the five victims, and was taken in custody by police. Police believe drug activity at the home was the motive for the invasion, according to a news release.

There were a total of three patrol officers and one sergeant involved in the shooting. A news release identifies the officers as Sgt. David Allen, Officer Justin Mitchell, Officer Bryan Moody and Officer Jeremiah Cook.

It's department policy that officers involved in shootings be placed on administrative leave for seven days while the incident is investigated.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which routinely investigates officer involved shootings, also responded to the scene.