Update Shootout on I-24 in Coffee County; Two Injured including State Trooper

TBI special agents are investigating the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Coffee County.

Preliminary information indicates that around 11:00 p.m., Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers stopped a vehicle traveling westbound on I-24 in Coffee County. At some point during that stop, the vehicle drove off. The driver fired shots from his vehicle, striking a THP patrol car. Spike strips were put down to stop the suspect vehicle driven by Darren Larrell Jackson age 30 of Plano Illinois. 

While attempting to avoid toopers, Jackson went through the weigh-station and passenger Lanay Battle, also of Illinois got out of the vehicle.

According to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, initial information from the scene indicates that when the vehicle did stop, Jackson got out and fired a weapon, striking a THP trooper. Troopers returned fire, striking the subject. 

Once Jackson is released from Chattanooga hospital, he is facing 2 counts of Attempted First-degree Murder and possible other charges. At last report he was listed in stable but critical condition. Battle was arrested and charged with simple possession.

The unnamed trooper was transported to a Nashville hospital was released from the hospital after receiving treatment from gunshot wound.

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 4,002 (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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