Deputy shot four times, killed Friday
By Duncan Mansfield, The Associated Press
Lenoir City, Tenn. (AP) -- Scores of officers surrounded a lakeside
home Saturday in a standoff with a heavily armed teenager who killed
a sheriff's deputy and kept officers at bay for more than a day.
Authorities said they had not had any response from the 16-year-old
for several hours and were uncertain whether he was still alive.
"We have a little bit of information that may indicate he is alive,
however, we can't confirm that," Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider
The teen had semiautomatic weapons with multiple 30-round magazines
and fired at officers when they approached the house Friday, said
Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison.
Police fired tear gas into the house and used "flash bang" grenades
Saturday morning, and had tried contacting the teen during the night
with public address loudspeakers.
"We're doing everything we know possible to get some response from
this young man," Guider said.
Police identified the teen as Michael Harvey.
Guider said Harvey may have had access to scuba tanks that could
allow him to avoid breathing the tear gas.
"We feel if he did use those they would be empty by now, but he may
have other devices that we're unaware of," the sheriff said.
The confrontation started Friday morning when officers went to
investigate a domestic violence complaint from the boy's mother, who
had fled to a neighbor's house. She allegedly was attacked with a
pipe when she refused to let the boy drive to school after drinking
the night before.
Two deputies were sent to the house. The first to arrive, Deputy
Jason Scott, was shot four times when he stepped out of his car,
The second officer saw Scott's body, retreated under fire and called
for backup. Four other officers suffered minor injuries from debris
when the teenager shot at them as they hid behind a woodpile. The
officers were treated and are fine, police said.
A SWAT team once made it into the garage before turning back, and
robots sent into the house were blocked by obstacles.
The boy's mother was treated at a hospital and released.
Scott was a three-year veteran of the Loudon County sheriff's
department. His wife is expecting their first child.
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Through tears, Guider described Scott as "a wonderful young man, very
lively, very friendly, very outgoing."