June 22nd, 2017

2 deputies injured in courthouse shooting; suspect dies


By The Associated Press on June 19, 2017.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. – Two deputies were injured Monday in a shooting at a Tennessee county courthouse, and authorities said the shooter has died.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that two Coffee County deputies were injured and are undergoing medical treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Lucky Knott, a spokesman for the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, said an inmate who was in the courthouse for a scheduled hearing grabbed a deputy’s gun and fired. Knott said one deputy was shot in the stomach. He says a second deputy was wounded in the hand, but it’s not clear if he was shot or injured in a struggle with the inmate.

Knott says the inmate fled the courthouse, and then suffered a gunshot wound. Knott says the suspect may have shot himself. The bureau said Monday evening that he has died.

Bureau investigators were at the scene.

The county courthouse is located in Manchester, about 65 miles (105 kilometres) southeast of Nashville.


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