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Sheriff: Naked, knife-wielding woman killed by Tennessee officer

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Authorities say a knife-wielding woman shot by a Tennessee police officer has died.

Authorities say Knoxville police officer James Gadd shot 49-year-old Sierra McCouley out of fear for his life Monday afternoon. Gadd was not wounded.

In a statement Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff's Office said McCouley died at a hospital from her injuries.

The sheriff's office says officers found McCouley standing naked in a street with a military-style knife after receiving a call about a woman who had cut herself and another person. The other person's injuries were not described as life-threatening.

The statement says Gadd fired gunshots in self-defense because the interaction between McCouley and officers escalated. It says Gadd has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the sheriff's office.

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