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TBI concludes investigation of Sullivan Central shooting

January 6th, 2011 3:52 pm by Rain Smith

TBI concludes investigation of Sullivan Central shooting

Thomas Richard Cowan

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has concluded its probe of the Aug. 30, fatal shooting of a gunman by police at Sullivan Central High School.

The findings have been forwarded to Sullivan County District Attorney Greeley Wells, who says the conclusion, as anticipated, is that deputies responded accordingly, given the threat.

As per protocol when a Sullivan County law enforcement officer is involved in a death, Wells said the TBI's findings will be presented to a grand jury. He expects no actions to be taken against the Sheriff's Office deputies involved in the incident.

According to Wells, the TBI report provided no insight into what motivated Thomas Richard Cowan, 62, to enter the school with two loaded guns, igniting a standoff with school resource officer Carolyn Gudger.

The school, 131 Shipley Ferry Road, Blountville, was placed under lock down by staff. Two additional Sullivan County deputies made entrance into the facility to support Gudger, with Cowan ultimately shot and killed in the front hallway.

No one else was injured.


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