Greenville, TN — On Monday afternoon, a shooting unfolded in a Lowe’s parking lot in Greenville, Tenn. Immediately after the shooting, police released a statement praising the fact that no officers were injured in the gunfire. But this was not true. Travis Mullins, an officer with Cocke County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed by a Greenville police officer.
MEDIA: TBI Agents are responding to the scene of an officer-involved shooting that occurred along E. Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville, in the Lowe’s parking lot. PIO @TBILeslie is en route and will provide additional details when possible. pic.twitter.com/4Up0g3osE0
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) February 18, 2020
According to police, they received a report of a hit and run at a Lowe’s home improvement store around 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Police say the incident was reportedly domestic in nature and involved Mullins allegedly targeting a woman he had been dating.
“The incident was reportedly domestic in nature and involved a man, identified as Travis Mullins who was reportedly targeting a woman who he had been dating,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) spokesperson Leslie Earhart said in an interview Monday night.
As frequent readers of the Free Thought Project understand, police domestic violence happens at a rate nearly quadruple that of non-police families. It appears that this particular case spilled over into a Lowe’s parking lot with a uniformed and armed officer.
According to the Greenville police officer who responded to the scene, Mullins left Lowe’s and returned to the parking lot dressed in his Cocke County Sheriff’s Office uniform carrying a weapon.
“At some point, for reasons still under investigation, Mullins was able to get back in his vehicle and grab a second firearm. At some point during the confrontation, Mullins reportedly pointed the gun at the Greeneville officer resulting in the officer firing shots, striking Mullins,” Earhart said.
Mullins was reportedly killed on the scene, according to the TBI.
TBI officials said in Monday night’s news conference that Mullins was employed with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer, according to WJHL.
Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“It is with a heavy heart that one of our own employees and friend Travis Mullins is deceased. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Travis Mullins and for the Greeneville Police department. This is a sad situation for everyone involved. We ask for your prayers and support for everyone involved as we go through this tragic situation.”
WATCH LIVE: TBI officials are giving an update after an officer-involved shooting in Greeneville. What we know so far: https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/greeneville-police-investigating-officer-involved-shooting/
Posted by WJHL on Monday, February 17, 2020
While a cop killing a fellow cop — on purpose — may seem uncommon, TFTP recently reported on a case out of Oklahoma in which a police officer killed his police chief.
As TFTP reported in November, Mannford police officer Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested and charged with the murder of Mannford police chief Lucky Miller, 44. The duo traveled from the small town of Mannford, Oklahoma for a conference in Pensacola over a weekend when things took a tragic turn.
Then, in a local story out of Tulsa, KTUL reports that Nealey appears to have no idea why he’s in jail nor what happened. The video was just released last month, showing Nealey’s interrogation just hours after he allegedly beat Miller to death.
“I know you’re asking me questions, but can I ask you a question? Homicide? Who is dead?” Nealey asked the officers interviewing him.
“Lucky’s dead,” replied the officers.
“Lucky’s dead. Hmm,” Nealey said in response.
As KTUL reports, in pictures of the crime scene, blood and paramedic equipment is seen on the floor and a mostly empty vodka bottle is seen nearby. Nealey claims to not know what happened.
“I would like to know what happened. I’m telling you I don’t have any memory of any of this sh–. I’m shocked that Lucky’s dead. It’s shocking,” he said.
Nealey’s wife backs up this sudden onset of amnesia for her husband, claiming he just “woke up in a nightmare.”
“Only way I can describe it is he fell asleep and woke up in a nightmare. I wish we could have answers. There’s just not any at this point,” said Lisa Nealey.
“I’ve got no problem with Lucky,” Nealey said. “I can’t believe what you’re telling me has happened. I can’t believe. Hmmm. Wow.”
That fateful night, the two men were staying at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach over the weekend for a law enforcement conference. During their stay, authorities say an alcohol-fueled brawl broke out between the pair and when they found Nealey he was on top of Miller with bloody hands.