ERIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A police officer is in stable condition following a shooting in Houston County Monday night. It happened on Highway 149 near the substation loop Monday night.
Houston County Sheriff Kevin Sugg said it started as a traffic stop, but the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old BJ Brown, pulled out a gun and shot him. officer.
Brown’s truck was found and authorities believe the suspect fled the scene on foot. He is described as a black man wearing a white t-shirt and a blue baseball cap.
Tennessee Highway Patrol, along with other agencies, believe they have confined the suspect to a heavily wooded area north of Highway 13.
Authorities were told someone had spotted the suspect in the area on Tuesday morning. The suspect is believed to have made off with the weapon and is currently considered armed and dangerous.
At a press conference, Erin Police Chief Mark Moore said officials would remain at the scene until the suspect is apprehended.
“It was an ambush on an officer, we won’t rest until he’s captured, and justice will be served, whether by a jury or by Jesus and it will be his choice,” said Moore.
Brown is also wanted for second degree murder in Louisiana.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, Brown is charged with killing a woman in downtown New Orleans on Monday morning.
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