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

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

September 5th, 2014 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

Steven Howell

Steven Howell

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

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 twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1or 423-757-6569.


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