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UPDATED INFO (February 14): TBI investigating officer involved shooting of inmate


Sequatchie County Sheriff Bill Phillips has released the name of the Correctional Officer and the inmate who was shot allegedly escaping after medical treatment at Erlanger Bledsoe in Pikeville on February10 that is being investigated by the TBI.

The Sequatchie County Correctional Officer involved was Karen Line and the inmate/escapee involved is Cody Ray Higdon, 33. Higdon currently is back in the Sequatchie County Justice Center jail facility with additional charge(s) from the February 10 events pending further investigation by the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office.

Higdon’s charges include:

  • Two Counts of Aggravated Assault on a First Responder
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Escape
  • Public Intoxication
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Two Counts of Assault on a First Responder

The shooting incident remains under investigation by the TBI, said Sheriff Phillips, and his department is very limited on what information they feel at liberty to release at this time.

ORIGINAL POST (February 10, 2023):

TBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Pikeville. A Sequatchie County inmate who was hospitalized overnight at Erlanger Bledsoe tried to escape custody while he was being released from the hospital, according to Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris. Reportedly the inmate fled the hospital out the front door. As he was running around the facility to Rockfort Road, the Sequatchie County Correctional Officer sent to transport him back to Dunlap, discharged her weapon, said the Sheriff. The inmate was hit by the shot and had to be flown out by emergency helicopter for treatment, stated Sheriff Morris.


Additional information on the incident will be released in the February 16 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.


  1. John Campbell on February 11, 2023 at 10:50 am

    He shouldn’t have run as he would have been found later. dep. Should not have shot at him as there are houses
    around there with children there.

  2. Wayne Norris on February 14, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    I worked as a maintenance technician at a large county jail in Florida for five years. These corrections officers are awesome! They really go out of their way not to have conflicts with the inmates and show them as much respect and dignity as possible, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Great job to the officer who resolved this matter without taking the life of a prisoner. Great training is the best tool that an officer can have!!

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