LEBANON, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating an incident with officers that's left a man hospitalized.
Jacob Ross Nopens is currently in the hospital. Family tells FOX 17 News that he's in a coma.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office said around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers received multiple reports of a man who was acting "out of control" carrying a baby, who was only wearing a diaper, going door to door.
Witnesses report that he went inside at least one home. Police arrived a few minutes later and the man, identified as Nopens, waked away from officers. At this time, WCSO says the baby was handed off to someone and two officers again tried to approach the man.
At some point while trying to evade police, WCSO Sheriff Bryan said Neopens fell to the ground. As officers were putting Nopens info handcuffs, Bryan says Nopns had a "medical episode" and officers started administering CPR.
An ambulance arrived and took Nopens to the hospital, but he was later transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Family of Nopens says he is currently in a coma and is telling a different story. The brother of Nopens said family believes he was "beaten" by the officers. Family claims that Nopens asked officers to stop, but they continued until he became unresponsive.
As usual in cases involving officers, the TBI is investigating the incident. There is video of the incident, Sheriff Bryan confirms, that has been sent over to the TBI. FOX 17 News requested that video and is waiting to hear back.
The TBI said preliminary information indicates that Wilson County deputies tried to arrest Nopens on Rutledge Lane when he collapsed and became non-responsive, "for reasons still under investigation." Nopens was initially taken to a Lebanon hospital, but is now being treated at Vanderbilt. The TBI's investigation remains active and ongoing.
This is a developing story that will be updated. Check fox17.com for the latest.