Nathan Lee Trew, 19, of 10615 London Lane, Apison, Tenn., was shot and killed by sheriff’s detective Jeremy Keener, who has been with the department for 14 years.
Deputies showed up at The Meadows subdivision off Ooltewah-Ringgold Road shortly after 3 p.m. after a 911 call was received that a man was seen leaving a residence carrying two duffle bags.
The suspect, who was described as a white male in his mid-twenties with dark hair and tattoos, was then spotted by police and then fled to a wooded area near an old broken down house.
The standoff with police then ensued, which involved the man yelling to police that he was “not going back to jail.”
Several officers tried to convince the man into lowering his weapon, but those efforts were unsuccessful as the man pointed the shotgun at his head and threatened to kill himself, reports show.
According to Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers, the man drew the gun on officers but on more than one occa-sion was talked out of firing.
“Officers attempted to negotiate with the individual, but he refused to drop the guns and a verbal standoff be-gan,” Summers said. “The suspect had a stolen handgun in his pocket in addition to the stolen shotgun that he had pointed at officers.”
After more deputies arrived on the scene, a total of five officers had the man cornered, at which time he raised his gun at police again, reports show.
Detective Keener then shot the man one time, Summers said.
Emergency staff attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The duffle bags the suspect was carrying, which contained stolen property, were recovered during the investiga-tion.
Keener was placed on paid administrative leave that evening following the incident, which is standard proce-dure for an officer involved in a shooting.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case, which is also protocol for such an incident.
“I have no reason to think nothing other than this was a justified shooting incident,” Summers said.
Officers with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Hamilton County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office were nearby the area that afternoon, as both agencies were investigating burglaries earlier in the day.
The Meadows subdivision is a short walk from the Tennessee-Georgia state line.
Another residence in the subdivision was burglarized earlier in the day, in which pistols and a shotgun were taken from the home.
It is not yet clear whether the guns taken during the morning burglary were the ones the suspect had on him dur-ing the standoff.
Here is the full text of a statement release early Wednesday afternoon, April 18, from the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office:
"According to Sheriff Phil Summers, the following information describes the turn of events which led to the offi-cer involved shooting on Ooltewah-Ringgold Road on April 17, 2012.
"Residents of the Meadows Subdivision contacted Catoosa County’s 911 Center to advise that a subject was walk-ing in the subdivision, carrying two duffle bags and a weapon described as a rifle or shotgun. Residents reported they believed the individual was a burglary suspect. Officers from Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office responded and determined a burglary had occurred at 34 Millard Hill, Ringgold, GA. Items taken from the burglary included fire-arms and other assorted items. Catoosa County officers were joined by Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies and es-tablished a perimeter where they began searching a wooded area near the Subdivision for the suspect.
"A canine unit from Catoosa County began tracking the perpetrator through the woods in hopes of apprehending the suspect. During the search, deputies with Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office spotted the armed suspect near an abandoned house at the intersection of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and Swanson Road.
"Officers confronted the suspect in a densely wooded area behind the abandoned house and ordered him to drop the firearm and surrender. The suspect refused lawful commands and refused to be taken into custody. During ne-gotiations the suspect threatened suicide and also stated he was not going to jail. At one point, the suspect raised his shotgun and pointed it at the officers. The officers, in fear of their safety, shot the suspect. EMTs near the scene were summoned to assist officers in rendering aid which was unsuccessful.
"The suspect expired from a single gunshot wound to the chest at the scene. The suspect was later identified as Nathan Lee Trew, age 19, of 10615 London Lane, Apison, TN. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as a detective sergeant employed by Catoosa County for the past 14 years and has been placed on administrative leave awaiting the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation."