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Update: Man shot by police dies at hospital

Wes Bunch • Aug 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Update: 9:15 a.m. Monday

A man shot on Sunday after reportedly hitting two officers with a car has died at an area hospital, according to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart.

A press conference on the incident has been set for 2 p.m. Check back with TimesNews.net for additional information as it becomes available.


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BLUFF CITY — An unnamed suspect who reportedly struck two local law enforcement officers with a vehicle was shot Sunday evening during an incident in Sullivan County.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Leslie Earhart said a Sullivan County deputy and a Bluff City Police Department officer were involved in the incident, which happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Egypt Road near Bluff City.

The identities of the officers were not immediately available Sunday night.

Authorities also declined to release the name of the suspect, who is currently receiving treatment for wounds at an area hospital. The condition of the suspect was not immediately known.

Earhart said the incident occurred when officers were dispatched to a wreck that was reported on Egypt Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, Earhart said the officers reportedly noticed a vehicle with a driver inside who was revving its engine.

The driver reportedly refused to comply with officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. The driver instead struck a Sullivan County patrol car, pinning an SCSO deputy between the two vehicles.

A Bluff City police officer was also reportedly struck during the incident.

Earhart said it was at that point that shots were fired.

The two officers who were struck by the vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries, Earhart said.

Earhart did not say which officer, or officers, fired their weapon during the incident. Authorities also declined to comment on how many times the suspect was shot.

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, while the Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation.

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