Suspect shot by Hawkins County Deputy had criminal record; TBI says

Joshua Babb, 26, was shot and killed by a deputy Thursday evening. (Courtesy of Washington County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Department/WCYB)

New information about the Hawkins County man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last night.

According to the Tennessee Bureau Investigation, 26-year-old Joshua Babb had an extensive criminal history. It includes multiple arrests for domestic assault.

Deputies were called to the house on Hickory Hills Road for domestic violence. Hawkins County Sheriff's deputies said Babb refused to comply with commands and tried to threaten them with a handgun.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson is standing by his deputy's decision to shoot.

"I'm 100 percent behind my officers,” Lawson said. “They had no choice. This man made a bad choice."

It happened around 7:15 p.m. Thursday night. Deputies say they tried to subdue Babb.

"So at that point, deputies deployed a taser in an attempt to subdue the subject, which was not successful," TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart said.

The TBI said Babb then drew a weapon, and a deputy shot him. That deputy has not been placed on leave.

"He's still on active duty,” Lawson said. “If he wants to take a couple of days off, then that's fine."

This comes just a month after another officer-involved shooting in the same area.

"It's unusual to have two,” Lawson said. “It's unusual to have one, really, because we've got a good county. Sometimes, just, people make bad choices. In this case, one last month and this month made a bad choice."

Several neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said that the shooting has them worried about the safety of their neighborhood.

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