Police officer kills east Tennessee man fleeing arrest

A Tennessee police officer shot and killed the driver of a pickup truck who was trying to flee while being arrested for suspected driving under the influence, authorities said on Monday.

Joshua Grubb, 30, of Lebanon, Tennessee, was killed on Sunday after he tried to flee the scene in Lenoir City, Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a statement. Lenoir City is about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville.

The officer was not identified by the TBI, which is investigating the shooting, and the Lenoir City police could not immediately be reached to comment.

The officer was sent on a call of a possible DUI and spotted the truck matching the description of the vehicle in question at a convenience store, the TBI said. The officer made contact with the occupants and while trying to make an arrest jumped into the truck bed in an effort to prevent Grubb from fleeing, the TBI said.

The officer remained in the truck bed as the vehicle exited the parking lot and pulled onto the road. The officer fired shots into the cab after ordering Grubb to stop, the TBI said. The driver was struck and killed, and the truck came to rest at the side of the road at another convenience store, the TBI said.

The officer did not sustain any significant injuries, the TBI said.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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