Gunman shot dead by police outside Hardeman County Jail

BOLIVAR, Tenn. –A gunman who approached the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning was killed by officers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the deceased man as Andra Davon Murphy, 43, of Toone, TN.

No officer was injured in this incident.

TBI officials say that shortly before 6 a.m., a man approached correctional officers outside the prison and started shooting officers. Bolivar police reportedly responded, but the man had already left.

However, said TBI spokeswoman Keli McAlister, he returned to the scene and, according to preliminary information, got out of his vehicle while still armed and confronted the police. Officers retaliated, hitting Murphy.

Officials said Murphy’s motive for approaching and shooting correctional officers was still under investigation.

District Attorney Mark Davidson said Murphy was not a current or former employee of the criminal justice complex.

Hardeman County Circuit Court was closed on Wednesday. The court posted the following statement on social media:

“Due to a tragic incident at CJC in the early hours of October 6, the General Sessions Court has been postponed to October 13.”