Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Correction Deputy Daniel Hendrix was celebrating his 26th birthday when he was shot and killed by police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the early morning hours of March 29 (video below).
According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) spokesman Josh DeVine, there were two female off-duty Chattanooga police officers at Hendrix's home, notes WDEF.
However, the women fled Hendrix's home after 1 a.m.
DeVine said: "For reasons still under investigation, Hendrix appears to have changed his demeanor, became agitated, armed himself with a personal firearm, and threatened the two women."
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One the female officers called 911, as did a neighbor.
According to the Times Free Press, two Chattanooga police officers found Hendrix holding a gun in his yard, and he refused to obey their commands to drop it. One of the cops fired at Hendrix at least four times.
Hendrix was taken to a local hospital where he died.
It's not clear if Hendrix ever fired his gun at the officers.
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The Chattanooga Police Department would not identify the two responding officers, but did say they were placed on administrative leave, which is department policy.
"All of these cases can be difficult," DeVine said, notes WRCB. "I mean you really are working quickly to gather as much relevant information as you can. You want to be very thorough. You want to be very careful."
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond issued a statement:
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office would like to offer its condolences to the family of our Corrections Deputy and our prayers are with those involved in this unfortunate incident
At this time, District Attorney Neal Pinkston has requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to investigate the incident so the HCSO and the CPD may remain neutral.
"We just heard sirens everywhere and then I noticed they were right there," Lindsay Plunkett, a neighbor, told WRCB.
"I had just got home, and got in the shower," Anita Franklin, another neighbor, told the news station. "And then all of a sudden I heard just rapid fire, like five or six shots."
Franklin told the Times Free Press: "It sounded like it was right in my yard. I didn't even look out the window. We don't have that kind of stuff over here. I hate to hear that someone lost their life."
Robert Shepard, another neighbor, said: "It makes me feel like there are too many guns around."
According to DeVine, this is 15th officer-involved shooting that the TBI has investigated this year, and the TBI is on track to investigate around 90 total.