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THP identifies trooper involved in shooting on I-65 in Robertson County

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The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday along I-65. (WSMV) The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday along I-65. (WSMV)
Trooper Tyler Oliphant joined THP as a road trooper in June 2017. (THP) Trooper Tyler Oliphant joined THP as a road trooper in June 2017. (THP)
CROSS PLAINS, TN (WSMV) -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has now identified the Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper involved in a shooting in Robertson County on Tuesday night.

The trooper, identified as Tyler Oliphant, was running radar in the median of I-65 just after 5 p.m. when he witnessed an SUV driving at a high rate of speed northbound and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to the TBI.

The TBI said Montreal Lamont Batey, 28, was shot after the victim pulled a gun on the trooper.

Batey’s vehicle got off the interstate at Exit 112, ran a stop sign and made a sharp left turn onto Highway 25. The vehicle struck a tractor-trailer and went down an embankment where it came to rest.

The TBI said when the trooper arrived at the scene, Batey exited the vehicle and pulled a gun on the trooper.

Witness Vicky Robins told News4 when the officer told the driver to get on the ground, the driver pointed a gun and fired at the trooper, who returned fire.

Batey was transported by helicopter to a Nashville hospital. Trooper Oliphant was not injured.

THP officials say a firearm was recovered near Batey’s vehicle.

Trooper Oliphant joined THP in June 2017. 

A TBI investigation into the incident is still ongoing. More updates will be released at its conclusion. 

Stay with News4 for updates. 

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