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Officials: Deputy fatally shoots man who wouldn't drop gun

Posted September 5

— Authorities say a Tennessee deputy fatally shot an armed man who refused to drop his gun.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that two deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office responded to a call Monday from a woman at a campground who said she had been arguing with a male companion and was fearful because he was armed. The statement says the deputies found 67-year-old John Timmons and ordered him to drop his weapon, but he refused and one deputy fired his gun.

Timmons was hit and pronounced dead at a hospital. Neither deputy was injured.

A bureau spokeswoman did not immediately know Timmons' race. The bureau does not release the names or races of law enforcement officers.

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