Star Staff Reports
At about 5 p.m., Saturday, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office deputies had checked out at 245 Watkins Road in Drummonds regarding a probation compliance investigation concerning Gerald Day Murphy, 60 who resides at the Drummonds home.
Deputies made contact with Gerald Murphy near a shed beside the home and as they were entering the home, Jake Ramsey Maese-Murphy, 26 came from the back of the residence.
Jake was armed with a knife and confronted deputies. Deputies tasered Murphy who then pulled the probes out and fled to the rear of the residence. He returned to the front of the house screaming he had a gun. When confronted again by Murphy, deputies fatally shot him.
The Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene for processing. As protocol, the Sheriff’s Office notified the District Attorney’s Office and requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting. Agents and Investigators responded to the scene.
During the incident the four deputies and two witnesses were not injured. Deputies had recovered a large quantity of marijuana in a vehicle at the residence and several marijuana plants that were growing near the shed beside the residence. Gerald Murphy was taken into custody at the scene for Manufacturing of Marijuana.
“This is an example of the dangers our deputies face on a daily basis,” Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley said. “Thankfully our deputies and the other civilians at the scene were not injuried in this unfortunate incident. The deputies will be placed on Administrative Leave as protocol when involved in a deadly force investigation.”
If anyone has information in this case, call the Criminal Investigations Division at 475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 475-4300, phone in tips at 475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.”