A Tennessee police officer shot and killed an armed man during a welfare check, authorities said.
Franklin police responded to a welfare check request Monday night for a man who was threatening to harm himself, the agency said.
Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner told news outlets, “Franklin officers received a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was FaceTimeing her and that he was threatening to kill himself and that he had a gun.”
According to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, responding officers approached Steven Lawrence Tropea through the door and attempted to get him out of the apartment.
“As they continued to speak with him, he exited armed with a handgun, prompting an officer to use deadly force,” the statement said.
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Tropea was taken to a Nashville hospital, where he later died. No officer was injured.
Faulkner said the responding officers were trained in crisis intervention.
“We just haven’t had a chance to use it,” he said.
TBI agents are working to independently determine the chain of events that led to the shooting, the agency said.