Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Crockett County

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Crockett County, TN - UPDATE Friday 4:30 PM: Hess' grandfather has spoken out via a Facebook video saying, "All we are asking for is justice."
 
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UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed with FOX13 that Rodney Hess, the man shot by law enforcement, died shortly after being airlifted to Regional One Hospital. 
 
The incident began around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday when 36-year-old Rodney James Hess parked his vehicle off the ramp of 412 East to 88 East perpendicular to traffic.
 
Crockett County deputies arrived once drivers couldn't get where they wanted to go.
 
Back up officers came and Hess was refusing officers' commands and made multiple erratic statements, according to TBI. 
 
TBI also asserted that Hess tried to use his vehicle to strike the officers twice. FOX13 is told there were multiple officers surrounding the vehicle.
 
During the exchange, at least one officer fired at the SUV striking Hess.
 
After he was shot, he was able to drive off and crashed. 
 
Hess died at Regional One Hospital after being airlifted.
 
No law enforcement officers were injured during this exchange. 
 
TBI is working to determine Hess's connection to the area and how long he may have been there.
 
A TBI spokesperson said the district attorney general will determine whether the actions of the deputies are justified. 
 
FOX13 obtained video of Rodney Hess moments before the shooting:
 
 
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed with FOX13 that agents responded to a reported officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Hwy 412 and Hwy 88 in Crockett County, involving deputies from the sheriff's department.

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