TBI names suspect in deadly Fayette County officer-involved shooting

Oakland, Tenn. — New details have been released about a deadly Fayette County officer-involved shooting on Christmas Eve.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it happened at Murphy Express gas station off Hwy. 64 around 6 p.m. Thursday.

An officer with the Oakland Police Department responded to a 911 call at the gas station, the TBI said.

When the officer got close to the man in question, the TBI said he reportedly got out of his truck and struck the officer with two knives.

According to the TBI, the officer then pulled out his gun and fired, killing the man. Authorities identified the man as 28-year-old Micheal Brandon Joyner.

“It’s pretty non-violent out here, so for that to happen is really off,” said Sunny Hewitt, who lives close by and works at Brad’s BBQ across the street.

“My first reaction was is he homeless? Is he crazy? On drugs? What normal person attacks a police officer like that?”

As the TBI works to determine what led up to the Christmas Eve violence, Hewitt said she stands behind the city’s police department.

“They’re just doing their jobs,” she said. “They are good police officers, and that says a lot.”

The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released. Authorities said his injuries are non-life-threatening.

This is the 43rd time this year the TBI was asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting.