EMILY GUEVARA, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man shot by a patrol deputy on Saturday as Kenneth Alan Carner of Larue.
Carner, 56, was shot twice early Saturday morning after he tried to take a deputy’s firearm, officials said.
He remained hospitalized as of Wednesday evening and criminal charges were still pending at that time, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
The deputy involved in the shooting is Lauren Fite, who has been assigned to the Patrol Division since November 2014. Prior to that, she worked in the jail. She was placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol after an officer-involved shooting.
“Fite has an exemplary record with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and has excelled both as a detention officer and as a patrol deputy,” the news release reads.
The incident happened about 12:35 a.m. when a Smith County patrol deputy stopped the driver of a vehicle that was traveling on the wrong side of the road in the 8400 block of County Road 35, also known as Lavender Road.
Over the course of the traffic stop, the suspect hit the deputy and attempted to run away; was struck twice by a Taser and removed the barbs both times; threw down suspected methamphetamine and charged the deputy, bringing them both to the ground.
The suspect then tried to take the deputy’s firearm, but the deputy turned their body away from the suspect and shot the suspect twice, according to the news release.