BJ Brown found guilty of all charges related to 2022 shooting of Erin officer

ERIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly 19 months after a man reportedly shot a member of the Erin Police Department and sparked an hours-long manhunt, a jury convicted him of all charges related to the incident.

According to Houston County Sheriff Kevin Sugg, the shooting initially began as a traffic stop along Highway 149 near Substation Loop on June 27, 2022, but the suspect — later identified as then-32-year-old BJ Brown — pulled a gun and shot Erin Police Officer Darrel Tiebor. Brown fled law enforcement, prompting a large manhunt in the area.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) issued a Blue Alert for Brown on June 28, 2022, warning people across the state that he was wanted for attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer in Erin.

Meanwhile, Louisiana police reported Brown was also wanted for second-degree murder after being accused of killing a woman in downtown New Orleans the same day the Erin officer was shot.

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Then, on June 29, 2022, Brown was reportedly found off Clay Tomlinson Road, less than three miles away from where authorities began searching the day before. Members of multiple law enforcement agencies surrounded and contained him in the heavily-wooded area north of Highway 13.

During his first court appearance in Houston County on July 1, 2022, Brown’s bail was set at $5 million.

Erin officer shooting suspect, BJ Brown, has bond set at $5M

According to Houston County Clerk Donna Vincent, Brown was found to be indigent and appointed a public defender. Brown reportedly waived his right to have a preliminary hearing within 14 days, so his next hearing was set for Aug. 2, 2022.

Several weeks after the shooting, the Erin Police Department told News 2 that Tiebor — who is not only a police officer, but also a military veteran — was recovering at home and doing well.

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Over a year later, on Thursday, Jan. 25, a jury found Brown guilty of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Erin Police Chief Mark Moore.

Officials said Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for March 26.

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