06/05/2008

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Shane Tate

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Shane Tate - [Monteagle , Tennessee]

Age: 28

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Deputy Shane Tate was shot and killed as he and a reserve officer from the Monteagle Police Department served a probation warrant on a suspect

The suspect fatally shot Deputy Tate and then wounded the reserve officer before fleeing. The man was located at a home later in the day and committed suicide as officers attempted to talk him into surrendering.

Deputy Tate had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.




 

Tenn. officer killed, another wounded

By BILL POOVEY
The Associated Press

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — Authorities were searching Thursday morning for a man accused of shooting two law enforcement officers, killing one, a local prosecutor said.

The officers were serving a warrant when they were shot, said Steve Strain, an assistant district attorney general. A Grundy County sheriff's deputy was killed and a Monteagle police officer suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening. Neither was publicly identified.

The suspect, Kermit Bryson, is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities believe he is on foot in the Monteagle area, about 35 miles west of Chattanooga.

"I think people need to be concerned," Strain said. "He shot a police officer and shot at another police officer."

A police command post was set up in Monteagle to coordinate the search.

Hamilton and Bradley county SWAT teams were on the scene with tracking dogs, two helicopters and officers from a number of departments, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying rifles.

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