Shelly Bradbury (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6525
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 Hill Times. Outside the newsroom, Shelly enjoys hiking, horseback riding, traveling and fishing. If you have an idea for a story, call Shelly at 423-757-6525 or email

To chase or not to chase? Police must weigh cost, danger of pursuits

Published Mar. 12 2017

On April 17, 2016, Larry Forester decided to flee from police.

Hamilton County authorities charge man with carjacking, kidnapping, robbery [video]

Published Feb. 28 2017

The masked man emerged from the darkness a few feet from Michael Holt's car.

Silverdale drug smuggling charges dismissed amid constitutional concerns

Published Feb. 24 2017

A judge dismissed all charges against two people accused of plotting to smuggle drugs into Silverdale Correctional Facility — in...


Chattanooga police seek suspects after double shooting in Avondale

Published Feb. 21 2017

Police say two people were shot around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday on Windsor Street in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga police officer fired for false arrest, harassment

Published Feb. 21 2017

A Chattanooga police officer was fired Thursday for wrongly arresting a citizen, harassment and for violating the department's vehicle use...

Medical examiner: East Ridge man killed girlfriend, self in murder-suicide

Published Feb. 16 2017

Joseph Yates shot his longtime girlfriend in the head, then put the shotgun barrel in his mouth and pulled the...

Cold case task force will review 60 unsolved homicides in Bradley, McMinn, Polk and Monroe counties

Published Feb. 15 2017

Almost 17 years ago, an employee at Striker's Winery in McMinn County discovered 35-year-old Patty Striker slain behind a counter,...

Two men fighting over a woman on Valentine's Day prompts lockdown at Nolan Elementary School

Published Feb. 14 2017

Nolan Elementary School was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon when two men got into a fight in the school's...

Chattanooga man recovering from shooting by deputy is taken to jail

Published Feb. 13 2017

A 34-year-old man who was shot by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies on Feb. 3 was taken straight from the hospital...

Police find weapons, drugs after Chattanooga man allegedly opens fire on neighbor

Published Feb. 13 2017

Chattanooga police officers discovered a large cache of weapons after a man sprayed bullets into his neighbor's apartment while high...

Sources: Police believe they have gang kingpin's killer in custody

Published Feb. 11 2017

The inmates beat Jermichael Brooks so badly that officers had to guide the nearly blind 23-year-old man into a federal...

Chattanooga police unveil new public safety camera system

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Chattanooga police department is unveiling their new camera system today.

Chattanooga man accused of sexually assaulting girl at school bus stop

Published Feb. 10 2017

A 23-year-old man admitted to groping a 15-year-old girl at a bus stop in East Chattanooga on Wednesday, according to...

Man accused of shooting Chattanooga cop sentenced on gun charges

Published Feb. 10 2017

A federal judge sentenced a Chattanooga man accused of shooting a police officer to 10 years in prison on Thursday...

Chattanooga man accused of shooting cop sentenced to 10 years

Published Feb. 9 2017

A 43-year-old man convicted of shooting a Chattanooga police officer in 2013 was sentenced to 10 years in prison today...

Sale Creek man killed after allegedly pulling gun on officers shot at least 15 times

Published Feb. 8 2017

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies shot a 29-year-old man at least 15 times after the man allegedly pointed a weapon at...

Chattanooga officer charged with domestic assault may have solicited prostitutes

Published Feb. 8 2017

A Chattanooga police officer who was arrested and charged with domestic assault in December may have solicited prostitutes for a...

Report: Gang kingpin, driver were shot to death by passenger in back seat of car

Published Feb. 7 2017

A well-known gang leader who was killed on Jan. 20 was apparently shot by someone in the back seat of...

UPDATE: Man shot at father's home by Hamilton County deputy is in stable condition

Published Feb. 3 2017

The person shot this morning by a Hamilton County deputy has been identified.

East Ridge couple who died in apparent murder-suicide remembered as very close

Published Feb. 3 2017

On Tuesday, a mail carrier found a note in the couple's mailbox in East Ridge that warned of a murder-suicide...