Witness: Man shot by police shouted about blowing things up

Todd Browning

The 54-year-old man shot and killed by an East Ridge police officer on Aug. 19 was shouting about blowing things up and being killed by police before he was shot, a witness said.

Todd Browning was shot to death by an unidentified East Ridge police officer outside Browning's home on Prigmore Drive after 6 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Officials won't say what sort of weapon the man brandished in the moments before he was shot to death, and investigators are refusing to answer questions about what happened during the fatal encounter.

But Lawrence Jones, a neighbor who saw the shooting, said he stepped outside when he heard yelling and saw a police officer standing behind his patrol car with a rifle leveled at Browning, who was about 20-30 feet away.

Browning was irate, screaming and yelling, Jones said.