• New Years Eve party leaves two officers shot in Dyer County

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    DYER COUNTY, Tenn. - Two police officers were shot overnight in Dyer County.

    Both officers were shot at 3 a.m. at the Douglas Cafe, aka "Betty's", in Newbern, Tennessee.

     Investigators told FOX13 a New Years Eve party was taking place at the time.

    A Newbern resident we talked to was at the party last night at the Douglas Café. He told us there have been fights here before, but not to this extreme.

    "I mean this is the first time something like this has happened in a while down here," the unidentified man said.

    According to the TBI, one civilian was injured on the scene.

    Newbern Police Chief Richard “Red” Barnes said the two Newbern police officers shot are “doing well, and in good health right now.”

    Chief Barnes confirmed with FOX13 the two officers are Cranston Fisk and Alex Martin. Both men are relatively young and new to the Newbern Police Department, joining in the last four years.


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    Officials said both officers and the civilian went to Regional One.

    Investigators spent their morning marking evidence findings with orange markers outside the club. 

    "Yeah I mean, I go down there every so often to just have a piece of mind or whatever," the man said.

    Some of the party goers wondered aloud if the shooting involved people not from the area attending a New Year's Eve party at what's known as a local hangout. 

    "Outsiders being from out of town and people not knowing who they are and people think they are up to something" the man told FOX13.

    Right now it is unclear how many suspects are on the run, but the TBI is actively investigating. The bureau of investigation has not announced any arrests or released any suspect information.

    The Mayor of Newbern, Just Wright, released a statement to FOX13 about the shooting. 

    It reads below:

    "Officers Alex Martin and Cranston Fisk showed great bravery and courage in the face of these horrific events. Their willingness to serve helped to protect the well being and lives of many individuals. I would also like to thank the Dyer County Sheriffs office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the TBI for the support they have provided in this difficult time. Our thoughts and continued prayers are with our officers and their families."

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