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January 07, 2007
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State trooper fatally shot in Tenn.

P-1 tips for approaching a car in a drug interdiction

Street Survival Seminar Instructor Sgt. Betsy Smith says that the greatest moment of risk is the moment of discovery -- when they know that you know. "The suspect is experiencing fight or flight," says Betsy. "Move safely and methodically and form a plan in your head."

  • Call for back-up
  • Get the subject out of the car
  • Control the subject
  • Search the subject first -- have him completely controlled before searching his vehicle

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials said Sunday they had arrested two people they believed were responsible for the killing of a state trooper who was shot during a traffic stop in western Tennessee.

The 24-year-old trooper pulled over two men and was trying to get them out of the vehicle Saturday night when he was shot twice, according to footage from the patrol car's video camera. At least one bullet struck him in the head, said Mike Browning, a Department of Safety spokesman.

On Sunday, two men were ''arrested without incident'' at a hotel near downtown Nashville, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson.

TBI director Mark Gwin said ''after interviewing the two men we feel confident we have the two people in custody that murdered the state trooper.''

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