Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been called to the Ivey Dale community to investigate a shooting death. Shortly after 7 AM Wednesday morning a call came through central dispatch via the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department that there were shots fired in the area near Big Creek Gap Church.
No emergency personnel were reported as injured.
Statement from the TBI.
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents are conducting a death investigation at a residence located along S Hwy 25 in LaFollette.
This morning, deputies with the Campbell County SWAT team were at the residence executing a search warrant. Preliminary information indicates that when the team made entry, James Robert Combs, Jr. (DOB 1/11/73) ran to the back of the residence. As the team approached Combs, he fired a shot them. No deputies were struck. The team retreated and began attempting to negotiate with Combs at which point a second shot was heard inside the home. After receiving no response from the subject, deputies re-entered the residence and found Combs deceased. His body will be sent for an autopsy. At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing.