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Rodney James Hess, 36
Alamo, Tennessee
March 16, 2017

Agencies: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI | Crockett County Sheriff's Office Tennessee | Alamo Police Department Tennessee

Last updated: 2 months ago

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A New Orleans native has died after a Crockett County deputy shot him Thursday afternoon on the exit ramp of Highway 412 and Highway 88 in Alamo.

The man, identified as 36-year-old Rodney James Hess, had blocked traffic on the Highway 412 East ramp by parking his car sideways. When deputies responded due to traffic being blocked, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Hess became "erratic."

"A Crockett County deputy arrived after drivers were obviously not able to get where they wanted to go," DeVine said. "He then determined that he needed backup."

The additional officers told TBI agents that Hess was refusing their commands and making erratic statements.

"Preliminary information indicates Hess attempted to use his vehicle, his SUV, to strike the officers at least twice," DeVine said.