Armed Corrections Officer Shot Dead by Police

Travis Mullins allegedly pointed a gun at officers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2020 8:03 AM CST
Armed Corrections Officer Shot Dead by Police
Police say Mullins pointed a gun at officers who were trying to arrest him.   (Getty Images)

A corrections officer accused of targeting a woman he had been dating in a store parking lot was shot and killed by a police officer in Tennessee. Travis Mullins, 29, was pronounced dead Monday evening outside a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Greeneville, WBIR reports. Greeneville police were called to the scene for a reported hit-and-run, said Leslie Earhart, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Mullins had left but returned to the scene armed with a gun. Officers disarmed Mullins and attempted to arrest him. He was somehow able to get another gun from his vehicle and point it at officers, reports the AP.

A Greeneville officer then shot and killed Mullins. Mullins was wearing a Cocke County Sheriff's Office uniform at the time of his death. He was a corrections officer for the county but was off-duty at the time of the call. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said in a statement that the fatal shooting was a "sad situation" for everybody involved. "It is with a heavy heart that one of our own employees and friend Travis Mullins is deceased," the sheriff said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Travis Mullins and for the Greeneville Police department."

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