TBI: Manhunt in Tennessee deputy slaying ended by tip

Kermit Bryson (Photo Courtesy: WDEF-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.)

UPDATED 6/6/08 3:50 p.m.: MONTEAGLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- For hours after a Grundy County deputy was gunned down in a Monteagle trailer, suspect Kermit Bryson received help eluding a search all around him. But then someone gave away his hiding place.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said a tip led law officers to the man sought in the death of Deputy Shane Tate. Bryson was located late Thursday near the home of his girlfriend's mother.

Officials said officers tried to get Bryson to give himself up, but he turned a gun on himself and died around 12:30 a.m. Friday at Chattanooga's Erlanger Hospital.

Helm said before the tip came, the 29-year-old Bryson received help while more than 100 officers searched the mountaintop community through the day Thursday. She declined to say who was helping him.

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Grundy County (WVLT) - The man accused of killing Grundy sheriff deputy Shane Tate is dead this morning.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 29-year old Kermit Bryson shot himself in the head behind his girlfriends house after a stand off with agents.

The Associated Press reports that Bryson was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where he later died.

Bryson shot killed Tate and injured a Monteagle officer when they tried to take him into custody on a probation violation warrant.

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