A federal law enforcement agent was injured Tuesday in a shootout that killed a man whom authorities were trying to arrest in Tennessee.
The shooting took place in front of the Metro Nashville Police Department, WKRN reported. Corey Daniel Wellman, 40, was killed in the gunfire and an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was injured.
According to WKRN, investigators said ATF agents were attempting to bring Wellman into custody when shots were fired. Witnesses told the station that they heard as many as 40 shots.
The agent was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was still hospitalized as of Wednesday morning.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said none of its officers were injured nor did any fire their weapons.
The man fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with ATF agents in a parking lot in the 600 blk of Murfreesboro Pk at 2:15 today is identified as Corey Daniel Wellman, 40, a federal drug suspect. An ATF agent was critically shot. No MNPD officers were injured or fired. pic.twitter.com/E2sdFc0aOA— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) October 5, 2021
Police said the FBI will investigate the shooting.
The FBI is leading the investigation into day's exchange of gunfire between ATF agents & a drug suspect. Traffic lanes in the 600 blk of Murfreesboro Pk are expected to be blocked thru Wed late morning. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/Al7cIQjjug— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) October 5, 2021
The Hill has reached out to the FBI for more information.