CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a Tennessee deputy has fatally shot a suspect in a stabbing who ignored commands to drop two weapons.
A statement from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office says the shooting occurred early Sunday as deputies and officers from the Charleston Police Department searched the area for a suspect in a stabbing.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says when officers found the suspect, he had weapons in both hands and refused to drop them. The statement said officers unsuccessfully used a stun gun in an effort to subdue the suspect and the situation escalated, resulting in a deputy firing his service weapon.
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson told media that Deputy Corey Loftis fired his weapon because he feared for his life. The suspect's name hasn't been released.