TVA Watts Bar Nuclear: Shoot-Out With Guard and Unknown Assailant

A guard at the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear facility was fired upon and the article says there was a “shootout” on Sunday morning (4-21-13) about 2 a.m. The assailant has not been identified. The plant is located in Rhea County near Spring City, Tennessee.

Tennessee Valley Authority Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

Tennessee Valley Authority Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

The security incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area, which houses its reactor and power production facilities.

TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat.

At least one bullet struck the patrol vehicle, but the officer was not injured in the incident.

TVA officials labeled the incident as an “unusual event,” which is the lowest level of its four emergency classifications.

Hopefully it was an “unusual event,” and hopefully the guard could see the person’s face. Read more at Liberty News.