Daniel Hendrix, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, was celebrating his 26th birthday. Cops were called to the scene, where he was fatally shot for refusing to drop his gun, officials said.
Hendrix is a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer once convicted of assaulting a female prisoner at the Silverdale Detention Center. He was later cleared of all charges and allowed to return to duty, reports WDEF-TV.
Wednesday, he was celebrating his birthday at a Shawnee Trail home with two female friends, off-duty Chattanooga police officers. At about 1:30 AM, an incident occurred, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
That’s when Daniel Hendrix started becoming agitated. He was walking around with his personal gun on him. At some point, he lashed out at the two female officer-friends. Both fled the scene, frightened. TBI says that one of the called 911.
Two on-duty Chattanooga police officers responded to the home and found Hendrix armed in the backyard, investigators said. The officers commanded Hendrix to draw his weapon, but he didn’t comply — prompting one officer to fire at him at least four times, witnesses and officials said.
Hendrix was taken to a hospital, where he died.
In a statement, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond offered condolences and prayers to Hendrix’s family. He called the shooting an “unfortunate incident.”
The corrections officer worked with the Hamilton department since 2013. He was convicted of assaulting a female inmate at Silverdale Detention Center in 2015, but was cleared of all charges and eventually returned to his duties, according to WDEF-TV.
TBI officials did not release the identity of the officer who fatally shot the deputy, citing an ongoing investigation.