Two killed when Tennessee cop turns off siren, speeds through intersection
Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a Tennessee police officer turned off his blue lights and drove speeding through an intersection.
The Bartlett police officer struck a car driven by 63-year-old Danny Floyd, WMC-TV reported.
Floyd and his passenger, 49-year-old Michelle Sloyan, were killed.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on sick leave with minor injuries.
Witnesses said the officer turned off his blue lights before driving through the intersection, and police acknowledged he was not responding to a call at the time.
However, police said, the officer “was responding to another officer’s acknowledgment of trying to stop a violator,” although authorities offered no additional details.
Police Chief Barry Rikard said he has received conflicting reports about whether the officer’s sirens were on, but he said the patrol car’s dashboard camera should show whether they were activated at the time.
Depending on the department’s findings, Rikard said he may turn over the case to the Tennessee Highway Patrol or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Floyd’s family thinks the officer should be disciplined for his role in the crash.
“I don’t want it to be a slap on the wrist, just don’t do that again,” said nephew A.C. Husted. “That doesn’t bring back my uncle.”
Watch this video report posted online by WMC-TV: