Williamson County Deputy Shoots Suspected Car Thief On I-65 Overpass After Man Brandishes Weapon

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A man was shot and killed by a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday morning after he brandished a weapon during a pursuit, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The man was identified Tuesday afternoon as David Bryan Creson, 40, of Franklin. Creson had an extensive criminal record, reports WKRN News 2.

The incident began around 9:30 a.m., when Franklin police officers began pursuing a vehicle reported stolen, according to a TBI press release. They stopped their pursuit after a while and around 10:40 a.m., deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle near Lewisburg Pike.

The two deputies started a pursuit that continued over the I-65 overpass at Peytonsville Road. Creson came to a stop on the overpass, got out of the vehicle, and pointed a weapon at the two deputies. One of the deputies fired, striking Creson, who died at the scene. One of the deputies suffered a leg injury during the incident, according to the press release, but no further information was provided.

TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting at the request of Williamson County District Attorney Kim Helper.

“As a reminder, the TBI acts as ‘fact-finders’ in its cases. The decision as to whether the actions of the officers were justified rests solely with the District Attorney General,” the press release said.

The names of the deputies have not been released.

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