BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with an investigation involving a standoff that left a man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the 21-year-old man as Robert L. Fann III.

The incident began at around 8 a.m. when deputies responded to a domestic situation between the man and his girlfriend at a Manor Way apartment in Louisville, according to BCSO.

When deputies arrived, they interviewed the individuals involved and detained the 21-year-old man, according to officials. The man, who deputies had handcuffed, attempted to slip his handcuffs to the front.

One of the deputies began to un-cuff him to fix the cuffs when the man fled on foot and back into the apartment where he was staying. A deputy entered the apartment and heard a gunshot coming from a closed bedroom, according to BCSO. The deputy outside motioned to the man’s roommate to come out. A short time later the suspect slipped a suicide note under the bedroom door.

Deputies learned there was a BOLO on the suspect and information that he had threatened suicide by cop, according to BCSO.

Sheriff’s Office SWAT and crisis negotiation team members arrived and spent several hours attempting to negotiate with the man.

Around 3:40 p.m., a negotiator who had spoken to him throughout the day attempted to make contact with him at the apartment. At that point, the suspect came to the door with a gun to his head, according to BCSO. As he began to move his hand in a downward motion, two members of the SWAT team fired their weapons. The man then moved back inside the apartment and apparently shot himself.

The two deputies who fired their weapons are on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, according to officials.

At this time, the investigation is active and ongoing, according to TBI.

Fann’s body will be sent for an autopsy. TBI Agents and Forensic Scientists continue to gather relevant evidence and interviews in connection to this incident, according to TBI.


Blount County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a barricaded suspect at an apartment complex in Louisville.

The sheriff's office said the situation started at 9 a.m. It appears to be at Riverside Manor apartments.

A spokesperson said there was a BOLO on the subject in question earlier in the week when he was threatening suicide.

The suspect is the only person in the apartment, the sheriff's office said. Deputies were still trying to determine if he is armed.

Negotiators and SWAT team are on the scene attempting a peaceful resolution.