A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.
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.
In a press release, TVA confirmed the area was under a heighten level of security until about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Plant officials said the incident didn’t threaten the plant’s security.
FBI, TVA and NRC officials are investigating the incident, and authorities have not named a suspect at this time.
NRC staff from its Atlanta office are monitoring the event, along with its resident inspector who responded to the site. Continue reading via WBIR...