Marion County sheriff's detective shot, transported to Chattanooga for treatment

Marion County sheriff's detective shot, transported to Chattanooga for treatment

May 22nd, 2019 by Ben Benton and Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

This story was updated Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 5:40 p.m. with more information.

A Marion County sheriff's detective was shot this afternoon and is being treated at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett confirmed.

"There was a [female] detective that was shot, struck in the leg," Burnett said.

She has a broken leg but is in stable condition, he said.

Chattanooga police were asked to control intersections as the ambulance approached, police confirmed.

Preliminary information indicates it was an accidental shooting that took place on the first floor of the Marion County Justice Center, 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor said by phone. The sheriff's office is located on the building's first floor.

Another officer discharged the weapon by accident, both Taylor and Burnett said.

The other officer was sent home after being emotionally "shaken," Burnett said.

"You have to understand, these detectives worked in the same office together like brothers and sisters," he said. "He's pretty bad emotionally." 

The investigation has been turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Burnett said. That is according to protocol for the district, Taylor said.

The sheriff's office is not identifying the officers involved at this time.

"Both of 'em had large families, so I want to make sure all the families are notified about everything before I release any names," Burnett said.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Times Free Press for details.