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HCSO Investigating Pursuit After HCSO Deputy’s Patrol Car Struck by Suspe

06/09/2020

Hamilton County, TN – On June 9, 2020, at approximately 2:20 a.m, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit which started in the 500 Block of Signal Mountain Boulevard and ended in Marion County, Tennessee in the 12400 Block of Highway 41. The pursuit was initiated after the suspect vehicle was observed with a light law violation and the driver’s actions immediately became reckless.

The preliminary investigation determined the suspect vehicle violently struck Deputy Jordan Long-Ross’ open driver’s door as Deputy Long-Ross was exiting his patrol car. Deputy Long-Ross then shot at the suspect; however, the suspect was not struck by gunfire. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted in effecting the stop.

The suspect is identified as Eric Hayes Tyra, age 37. He was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Jail where he has been booked for the following charges:

Felony Reckless Endangerment

Felony Evading Arrest

Reckless Driving

Driving on a Revoked License

Violation of Light Law

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.

This investigation is being conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time.



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