Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

May 31, 2013

Woman dead after shooting at police

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County woman is dead after a string of events including shots being fired at Crossville Police officers, an armed home invasion and auto theft and high-speed pursuit. No one else was hurt in the incident now being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The dead woman is identified as Angela Darlene Smith, 37, Fredonia Rd. Smith has a record of arrests ranging from burglary, forgery, theft and resisting arrest to drug offenses in Cumberland and Fentress counties.

Three police agencies involved in the pursuit had patrol car dash cameras filming during the event, and at least one citizen witnessed police trying to get the woman to put her gun down before firing shots at the officers in a city subdivision.

The chronology of what happened has not been made available because of the multiple agencies involved in the investigation.

What is known is that the E-911 Center dispatched Crossville Police to the area of Camelot subdivision around 10 p.m. after receiving a telephone call from Smith's mother who reported her daughter had jumped out of the mother's car and fled on foot. The mother added that she believed her daughter was on drugs.

Another call was received around 2:02 a.m., this time reporting a prowler running from a carport on Guinevere Lane in Camelot subdivision. Ivanho Lane resident Carolyn Rose told Knoxville's WBIR-TV 10News what she heard next.

"The police were saying 'Don't do it, don't do it. Stop, stop. Put your gun down.' It went pow, pow." Rose told the television station, "She shot twice at the cops on my property, once here at the carport and once behind the house."

After shooting at city police, Smith reportedly ran to a residence two doors away from Rose's home and stole the keys to a car at gunpoint. She drove the vehicle off the victim's carport, through their back yard and their side fence and down the street, a TBI press release states.

The man, woman and their young son, who were in the house when Smith burst in the door displaying a handgun, were not hurt.

City police officers gave chase and were soon joined by sheriff's deputies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The pursuit traveled city streets to Hwy. 70 W with Smith driving the stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed some nine miles where the pursuit ended at the intersection of Browntown Rd.

It is not known if Smith lost control of the vehicle or missed a right turn that would have taken her into Pleasant Hill. A city police car blocked her escape and reportedly Smith attempted to back out of the ditch, striking the front of the squad car.

Smith then exited the vehicle and, according to the TBI press release, pointed a gun at the officers and was shot by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy. That deputy, who the TBI has not identified, has been put on administrative leave with pay pending outcome of the TBI probe.

TBI agents converged on the scene to take over the investigation and were joined by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Critical Incident Response Team, who were charged with reconstructing the crash that ended the chase, and to do high-tech mapping of the shooting scene.

Crossville Police are also investigating the burglary of a vehicle on Ivanhoe Lane in that same time period during which six pocket knives were stolen. A cell phone that does not belong to the victim was found in the vehicle.

The TBI's case file will be turned over to the District Attorney General Randy York for review.

Text Only
Area News
  • City OKs HCP contract extension

    While a small group of people have opposed the Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan process, a majority of city council members voted to extend the contract to continue the development of the plan for at least an additional year.

    April 24, 2014

  • Prichard to host summer camps

    CCHS Jet head baseball coach Dave Prichard will be offering the following camps this summer, if there is enough interest.

    April 24, 2014

  • Citizen wants to raise funds for new animal shelter

    A local woman wants to raise funds to build a new animal shelter for the county, but the building and grounds committee of the Cumberland County Commission has questions about how public donations for that purpose would need to be handled.

    April 24, 2014

  • Drasal et CG.jpg Drasal awarded Legion of Honor

    About 10 years ago, the French government decided to recognize all of the veterans who contributed to the liberation of France during World War II. Since then, hundreds of veterans from across the U.S. have received the Legion of Honor, which is the highest award France can bestow. It recognizes those who served their country with distinction.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • trail 1.jpg Working on the trail

    Volunteers were out Saturday morning constructing a trail at Meadow Park Lake. This was phase one of trail building, explained John Conrad, Crossville Trails organizer, with volunteers clipping twigs and branches and raking a path. Bruce Whitehead, George Schlenker, Lee Skinner and Pat Schudiske rake a path about three feet wide. Later, larger obstacles, such as fallen trees, will be removed, and topsoil removed on the trail to aid in trail maintenance. The trail will be about 1.5 miles in length.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panel waives ticket charge for boosters

    The building and grounds committee approved a request to waive a portion of the ticket fees for a school sports booster group planning a truck and tractor pull at the Cumberland County Community Complex, but the committee cautioned the group it would take action by the full Cumberland County Commission to relieve them of the obligation to return 10 percent of the gate charge to the county.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jury seated in Batty slaying case

    A jury plus alternates has been seated and began hearing evidence in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.

    April 23, 2014

  • New site sought for convenience center

    An expansion at Colinx and the improvement of a city street will require Cumberland County to move a convenience center. The city of Crossville has proposed a site in the same general area, but commissioners on the county's building and grounds committee were concerned about the cost to make the site suitable for a convenience center and the proximity of the Little Obed River.

    April 23, 2014

  • Hwy. 70 crash.jpg CCHS student dies in car crash

    Crossville Police have identified the victim of a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday morning on Hwy. 70 W at the intersection of Dillon St. as a sophomore at Cumberland County High School.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_0783.JPG Visitors center now open to the public

    A ten-year effort to establish a gateway to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, as well as to point tourists and visitors to the many other area parks, historical sites and points of interest, concluded Thursday as the community gathered with officials from the city of Crossville, Cumberland County, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and the National Park Service to dedicate the Crossville-Cumberland County: Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center on River Otter Dr.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice