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Suspect killed, officer hurt during struggle in Tennessee

August 27, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect was fatally shot and a Tennessee police officer hurt during a struggle as the officer investigated a hit-and-run.

Knoxville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Tammy Mattina told news outlets the officer responded Monday evening to a call of a hit-and-run and got into a physical altercation with a suspect.

Mattina said the officer fired his service weapon, killing the suspect. The officer was hurt and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and on Tuesday identified the person killed as 33-year-old Channara Tom Pheap. The agency didn’t identify the officer involved in the shooting.

Further information wasn’t immediately available.

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