2 deputies injured in courthouse shooting in Tennessee

UPDATE: Tennessee officials say one of the deputies shot at a county courthouse is undergoing surgery and the second deputy is being treated for a hand injury.
    
Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott said at a news conference Monday evening that the shooter was an inmate, Michael Bell, who fled about two blocks away and fatally shot himself.
    
Northcott identified the Coffee County deputies as Wade Bassett and Wendell Bowen.
    
The prosecutor said Bassett went to a holding cell after Bell appeared in court. Northcott said Bell attacked Bassett and took his firearm after a struggle. Northcott said Bell shot the deputy and fled, shooting Bowen on his way out of the building.
    
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said that after the inmate fled, he entered an occupied home, exited and went behind another house and shot himself.


Two deputies were injured Monday in Tennessee, where a shooting was reported at a county courthouse.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that two Coffee County deputies were injured and are undergoing medical treatment.

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 he suffered a gunshot wound. Knott says the suspect may have shot himself.

Conditions of the officers were not immediately available. Bureau investigators were headed to the scene.

The TBI says the suspect is dead.

The county courthouse is located in Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville.

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