CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- An armed man wounded by Hamilton County deputies after gunshots were fired at them as they responded with firefighters to a burning car is charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder, and Sheriff Jim Hammond commended the deputies.
Hammond said Tuesday that wounding Michael Swinney, including a gunshot that struck him in the face, was fortunate because it prevented him from possibly going back inside his house with his weapon after firing shots at three deputies as three firefighters worked to extinguish the car fire.
Hammond said Swinney was in critical care at a Chattanooga hospital.
Hammond said the deputies were placed on temporary leave, as is routine in such cases.
He declined to talk about the number of gunshots, saying an investigation is continuing.
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