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Two HCSO Deputies Shot in the Line of Duty - Suspect Deceased


Hamilton County, TN – Earlier tonight, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were involved in a pursuit that began in Catoosa County involving the kidnapping of an 18-month-old child and an armed suspect. The call originated with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The pursuit ended after HCSO deputies were able to successfully spike strip and box the vehicle in near the I-75 Ooltewah Exit.

Immediately following this maneuver shots were exchanged between the suspect and deputies. The suspect is deceased, and two Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were shot in the exchange of gunfire. Both deputies were transported by HCEMS to a local hospital with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries. Thankfully the 18-month-old child involved in the incident did not receive any serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical review.

“While it is early in the investigative phase of this incident, it is apparent this individual was intent on getting away from authorities and clearly didn’t care who he endangered in the process. I am grateful the child is safe, and our deputies only sustained non-life-threatening injuries. This incident highlights the incredible dangers our personnel face each day while performing their duties. I am honored to serve alongside the brave men and women of the HCSO as they protect and serve our community.” stated Sheriff Austin Garrett.

Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp has directed the TBI to conduct the investigation into tonight’s deputy-involved shooting. Any further questions should be directed to the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Northbound I-75 will be temporarily closed while investigators conduct an investigation.

The names of the two deputies are not being released at this time.

No further details are available at this time.

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