Tullahoma man charged after Police Pursuit that ended in Gunfire

On Sunday night (January 1, 2023), Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Dustan Foster was conducting a traffic stop on I-24 near the 114 mm when a vehicle came close to hitting Foster. Sgt. Foster attempted a traffic stop on the car in which the driver tried to elude the officer.

The subject, later identified as Joseph McCullough, 37, from Tullahoma, fled from deputies continuing into Rutherford County on Highway 41.

Sheriff Chad Partin was made aware of the pursuit and advised officers to terminate the pursuit.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Cody Koon was involved in the pursuit in his unmarked vehicle and had passed into Rutherford County when Sheriff Partin terminated the pursuit.

The suspect came upon Rutherford County units set up for the vehicle and turned around, heading back into Coffee County. Seeing that he was blocked in, the suspect began slowing down, eventually stopping on Highway 41.

At this time, Joseph McCullough exited the vehicle with a weapon. Investigator Koon ordered the subject to drop the gun, to which the man did not comply. Investigator Koon fired, and McCullough dropped the weapon and was taken into custody.

Joseph McCullough was found to have warrants out of Bedford County and Coffee County and was taken to Rutherford County for charges stemming from the pursuit.  Coffee County has a hold on the subject for charges involving the pursuit.

No individuals were injured, and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the investigation.

Photo of Joseph McCullough provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,993 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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