an incident occurred in the driveway entrance of Krisle Elementary school around
Smokey Barn News Friday, April 17, 2015 Springfield, Robertson County, Middle Tenn
Officer Involved Shooting At Krisle Elementary (HD VIDEO)
No children or faculty were harmed in an incident that took place around 1:30 Friday afternoon at the entrance of the Krisle Elementary school parking lot (Map Location) according to the Sheriff’s Dept press liaison Ryan Martin. The school itself was not breached in anyway, however, the school is currently on temporary lock down as a precaution.
Off duty Springfield Police officer Bryan Harrison attempted to stop a suspected drunk driver on Hwy 49 East. They came to a rest near the entrance of the parking lot of Krisle Elementary school. The officer called for assistance from an RC Sheriff’s dept deputy on duty. The County officer responded to assist Harrison. The driver, Christopher Lee Thomas, 38, of Thomas Westmoreland, TN, became aggressive, displayed a knife, at which point the deputy sheriff, Justin Morris, deployed his taser which had no affect. According to police Thomas then made an aggressive maneuver with the knife toward officer Harrison who then fired one round at Thomas. Thomas was transported to skyline Medical Center.
“When the incident happened, we followed our procedure immediately and the school was placed on lock down, parents were notified and at no time were any of ours students in any kind of danger. Thankfully, dismissal time was not delayed by very much time, ” according to the Robertson County School’s communications coordinator Jim Bellis.
A neighbor tells Smokey Barn News that after the shooting, he looked out his window to see two officers standing over the suspect lying on the ground. The officers turned him over and the suspect was conscious and talking with the officers before he was transported to Skyline.
Bryan Harrison has been with the Springfield Police department for two years and four months and has never been involved in a shooting. Procedure will have Harrison on administrative leave for at least a few days. Harrison will also be required to undergo a “critical incident stress debriefing,” according to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson. The debriefing will be led by a professional counselor trained to help law enforcement officers cope with traumatic events.
The Robertson County Sheriff’s Dept, Cross Plains Police and Springfield Police were on the scene, however the investigation has been handed over the the T.B.I.
According to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson on Saturday, Thomas was expected to survive.
According to the Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, “Charges of aggravated assault are pending against Thomas related to the incident.”