Theft Suspect Shot by Deputies in Downtown Chattanooga: Hamilton County Sheriff Austin Garrett told WTVC that a suspect in a stolen automobile incident was shot and killed in Chattanooga on Thursday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit and firing rounds at one of them.
According to Garrett, the pursuit started before 5 a.m. on Thursday when someone driving a car that had been reported stolen in Georgia opened fire on a deputy trying to pull over the vehicle. Deputies then lost sight of the car, but the pursuit continued once another unit found it.
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Garrett claimed that the chase ended when the suspect opened fire on deputies on Martin Luther King Boulevard in downtown Chattanooga. He claimed that when deputies fired, the suspect was slain.
One deputy was struck, but no significant injuries resulted. However, the sheriff told a WTVC crew that the suspect was a “bad individual” who was “very bent on getting away and didn’t care who he endangered in the process.” The sheriff did not reveal the suspect’s identification.
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will conduct the investigation. Drivers should stay away from the portion of Martin Luther King Boulevard between Lindsay Street and Georgia Avenue, according to Chattanooga Police.