03/12/2004

Tenn. Deputy Killed, 3 Injured During Shooting

Officer Down: Jason Scott - [Loudon, Tennessee]

Duncan Mansfield, The Associated Press

Loudon, Tenn. (AP) -- About 100 officers surrounded a lakeside home Friday afternoon, hours after one deputy sheriff was fatally shot and three others injured while responding to a domestic violence call, authorities said.

A teenage suspect was reportedly inside the home on Fort Loudon Lake, about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m. EST as two Loudon County deputies answered a domestic call at the home, said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

The first deputy was shot and killed "as he was stepping from his car," DeBusk said.

The other deputy, who arrived in a separate car, "retreated because he was under fire and called for backup," DeBusk said.

Beth Denton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Safety, said from her Nashville office that a teenager was suspected in connection with the shootings.

Authorities from Knoxville, Blount County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were assisting the Loudon sheriff's department, she said.

The Knox County Sheriff's SWAT team also responded to the shooting, Denton said.

The fatally wounded deputy was identified as Jason Scott, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The names of the injured officers were not immediately available.

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