TBI Investigating Death Of Man In Custody

TBI Investigating Death Of Man In Custody

CREATED Jul 5, 2014

LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) - Officials are investigating what happened leading up to the death of a person while in Tennessee Highway Patrol custody in Loudon County.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told the Knoxville News Sentinel the death happened after the person became "combative" following a chase on Interstate 40 Friday afternoon.

DeVine said the arrest happened around 3:15 p.m. at mile marker 368 near the intersection of I-40 East and I-75.

Officials identified the deceased as 33-year-old Kevin Courtner.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Miller declined to discuss the case and referred all questions to the TBI.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson requested the investigation.

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