TBI: Man shot by Rockwood officer has lengthy criminal history

A man shot on Christmas Eve by a Rockwood police officer has an extensive criminal history and was driving a stolen Jeep at the time, according to the TBI. 35-year-old Joshua Scarlett, has been arrested several times in recent years on a wide array of charges, primarily by authorities in Crossville and Cumberland County.
At the time of the shooting, Scarlett was driving a Jeep that had been stolen about a week earlier in the Westel community.
Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith spotted Scarlett in Rockwood late Thursday morning and tried to pull him over, sparking a pursuit that went up Old Airport Road and ended on a dirt road.
When Smith tried to get Scarlett to exit the stolen vehicle, Scarlett allegedly put the Jeep into reverse and tried to back over the officer, who opened fire and struck Scarlett. Scarlett was flown by medical helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center and underwent surgery. His condition has not been released. The TBI is investigating the incident and while that probe is ongoing, Smith has been placed on paid administrative leave and is being offered counseling.

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