MONTEAGLE, Tenn. - A deputy just two weeks out of law enforcement training was shot to death, and another officer was wounded yesterday, as they tried to take a suspect into custody on a probation-violation warrant. The suspect was still at large.
Federal, state and local authorities launched an "all-out manhunt" for 29-year-old tattoo artist Kermit Bryson.
Officers had been looking for Bryson for six to eight months when they found him about 3 a.m. yesterday at a mobile home in Monteagle, a town of 1,200 people along Interstate 24 about 35 miles northwest of Chattanooga.
Shots were fired and Grundy County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Tate, 28, died at the scene, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.
Tate's gun is missing and Gwyn said authorities weren't sure if he was shot with his own weapon.
Monteagle Police Officer Brian Malhoit, 26, was grazed by a bullet but not seriously hurt. *