A man who was shot and killed by a police officer inside of Tullahoma’s Walmart last Friday night had pulled a gun on officers who were coming to arrest him on outstanding warrants.
Mark Wade Luttrell Jr., 34, died at the scene.
According to a more in-depth report of the incident released to the Southern Standard on Wednesday by city of Tullahoma public information officer Winston Brooks, Tullahoma Police Department was notified Luttrell was inside the Walmart store at 2111 North Jackson Street at approximately 10:40 p.m.
Luttrell had active warrants in Coffee County for failure to appear on charges of manufacturing/ sale/ delivery of a controlled substance, evading arrest, and failure to pay child support. He also had active warrants in Franklin County for reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, simple possession, and evading arrest.
As officers reportedly confronted Luttrell inside Walmart, he pulled a pistol from his waistband and pointed the firearm at the officers. A Tullahoma Police Department officer fired his service weapon in response to the immediate threat, striking Luttrell. Coffee County EMS was notified and arrived at the scene, but Luttrell was deceased.
The district attorney was notified and requested the TBI respond to conduct a third party investigation. The involved officer has been a certified law enforcement officer for several years, and has been an officer with Tullahoma Police Department since June 2018. The officer previously served as a deputy with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition to the TBI investigation, Tullahoma Police Department says the incident will be reviewed internally. This review process will be done by a panel of experienced officers.
“To be clear, all of the preliminary indications are that the officers involved acted appropriately,” said Brooks. “However, should the TBI investigation or the internal review determine otherwise, Tullahoma Police Department will take appropriate measures to ensure that its mission to protect and serve this community is accomplished in a professional and competent manner.”
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay.