Sevierville Police name officer, man involved in fatal shooting

A Sevierville police officer is on administrative duty after he shot and killed a man Friday night after a standoff following a domestic dispute call.

According to City of Sevierville spokesperson Bob Stahlke, Officer Adam Akers shot Randall Gorden, 27, after he pointed a pistol at the officers. Stahlke said its the city's first officer-involved shooting in at least 25 years.

He said this is something you never want to happen and the department and the officer are praying for Gorden's family.

According to a release, the City of Sevierville Police Department responded to a domestic dispute on Ernest McMahan Road just before 10 p.m. There, officers found Gorden sitting in a vehicle in the driveway near the home. The woman inside had called police identifying herself as the man's ex-girlfriend. She said she had an order of protection against him.

The police department said when officers approached the car, they saw a shotgun in Gorden's front seat. Officers told him to leave the car, but he refused. Police said they could also see him drinking alcohol.

Officers talked to the man for more than an hour in an attempt to get him out of the car, but he wouldn't comply. Police said he was using his cell phone to text the ex-girlfriend and threatened to break the door down.

According to Stahlke, after an hour and 15 minutes, officers tried to approach the car when they saw Gorden lighting a cigarette. He then pointed a pistol at several officers. That's when Officer Adam Akers shot Gorden.

"Our goal was to try to get Mr. Gorden out of the vehicle without doing any harm or injuring him in any way. Unfortunately when he produced the handgun and pointed it at some of the officers there wasn't really a lot of choice anymore," Stahlke said.

He also said one officer did deploy a taser before Gorden was shot, but it didn't seem to have any effect on him.

Gorden was pronounced dead at the LeConte Medical Center shortly after the shooting.

Some of the responding officers had recently underwent training for this type of scenario.

"Some of the officers told me that just last week they were doing some training with a person with a gun in a vehicle. So it's just a sheer coincidence it happened this week," Stahlke said.

Per SPD policy, Akers is on administrative duty and the TBI will conduct an investigation. He has been with the Sevierville Police Department for 5 years.


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