published Friday, September 5th, 2014

UPDATE: Rhea County deputy shoots and kills man in emergency room

A Rhea County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 23-year-old man who took a weapon from another deputy early this morning in the Rhea Medical Center emergency room, officials said.

The victim, identified as Steven Lee Howell of Muddy Creek Road in Spring City, had been arrested after deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence incident, Rhea County Sheriff's Office officials said in an 11 a.m. news conference. Howell was injured during the arrest and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The victim took a weapon from one of the two deputies escorting him, and the other deputy fired the fatal shot, authorities said. The incident occurred around 2 a.m., they said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.comor or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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