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TBI: Inmate killed, 2 deputies injured in Coffee County courthouse shooting

Michael Bell was in court to face charges of kidnapping, evading arrest, and similar charges. (Image: WZTV)

Two Coffee County deputies were shot by an inmate who later committed suicide at a Manchester, TN courthouse Monday afternoon.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, the TBI says inmate Michael Bell was in court to face charges of kidnapping, evading arrest, and similar charges.

The TBI says Bell got into a fight with Deputy Bassett, whose gun Bell took and shot him in the bulletproof vest before escaping to the first floor of the building. Deputy Bassett was also injured in the hand.

The TBI says Bell then shot Deputy Wendell Bowen in the abdomen as he was leaving the courthouse.

Bell then entered and then exited an occupied home before the TBI says he shot himself in the head behind an adjacent house.

The TBI says Deputy Wade Bassett is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and Deputy Wendell Bowen was taken by LifeForce helicopter Erlanger in Chattanooga.


PREVIOUSLY:

The TBI held a press conference held a press conference to discuss details of the case:

The son of Deputy Wade Bassett says that he was shot in the vest and hand.

The TBI also says the inmate, Michael Bell, shot himself in the head and died.


PREVIOUSLY:

NewsChannel 9's affliliate station WKRN in Nashville reports that two deputies and one inmate have been injured during a shooting at a Coffee County courthouse Monday afternoon.

Coffee County Police Deputy Frank Watkins confirmed that the incident happened around 3 p.m. CDT at the government building on Hillsboro Boulevard in Manchester.

Roads in the area have been shut down at this time.


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