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Gun discharges during struggle between Tenn. inmate and deputy

“An off-duty deputy from a neighboring county assisted the correction officer in securing the inmate,” Sheriff Bill Phillips said

Sequatchie County Justice Center

The incident happened at Erlanger-Sequatchie Valley on Rankin Avenue in Dunlap, about a mile from the Sequatchie County Justice Center.

Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office

By Ben Benton
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Sequatchie County inmate allegedly struggled for a deputy’s weapon before it discharged at a Dunlap health care facility causing minor injuries, and now the TBI and Dunlap police are investigating the shooting.

An inmate, who has not been named, allegedly grabbed a deputy’s firearm, and a struggle for the gun ensued, according to a news release from the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened at Erlanger-Sequatchie Valley on Rankin Avenue in Dunlap, about a mile from the Sequatchie County Justice Center.

“An off-duty deputy from a neighboring county assisted the correction officer in securing the inmate,” Sheriff Bill Phillips said in the release issued Sunday “There were minor injuries to those involved in the incident.”

When contacted by phone Monday, officials at the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide more details on why the inmate was at the emergency room, the identity of the inmate or deputies involved or disclose the nature of the injuries, deferring questions to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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