Tennessee officer killed, another wounded in Monteagle

UPDATE 5/5/08 2:45 p.m.: MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added suspected cop-killer to Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Police say 29-year-old Kermit Bryson shot and killed one deputy, and wounded another.

A manhunt is underway.


UPDATE 5/5/08 2:00 p.m.: MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The TBI director said Grundy County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Tate was fatally shot while trying to serve a warrant near Monteagle.

Authorities were conducting what a police spokeswoman called an "all out manhunt" for a tattoo artist named Kermit Bryson.

TBI Director Mark Gywn said Deputy Tate was dead at the scene of the 3 a.m shooting on Thursday.

Gwyn said Monteagle Police Officer Brian Malhoit was grazed by a bullet, but not seriously hurt.

A reserve deputy to also went to serve a warrant on Bryson for probation violation escaped injury.

Tate's gun is missing and Gwyn said authorities aren't sure if he was shot with his own weapon.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


UPDATE 5/5/08 12:00 p.m.: MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities continue to search the rugged terrain around Monteagle for a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Grundy County Sheriff's deputy.

The suspect is 29-year-old Kermit Bryson, who is described as a white man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds. He has green eyes and several tattoos.

The name of the deputy was not immediately released, nor the name of a Monteagle city police officer who received wounds in the same incident before dawn Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities are searching morning for a man accused of shooting two law enforcement officers, killing one.

Assistant District Attorney General Steve Strain said the officers were serving a warrant early Thursday.

A Grundy County sheriff's deputy was killed and a Monteagle police officer suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening. Neither was publicly identified.

The suspect, Kermit Bryson, is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities believe he is on foot in the Monteagle area, about 35 miles west of Chattanooga.

A police command post was set up in Monteagle to coordinate the search.

Hamilton and Bradley county SWAT teams were on the scene with tracking dogs, two helicopters and officers from a number of departments, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying rifles.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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