Woman killed in McMinn County standoff Friday night

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a woman was shot and killed by her husband in a standoff Friday night in McMinn County.

The incident happened when the McMinn County Sheriff's Office was called to a home in the 200 block of County Road in Niota on a report of a domestic disturbance, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with a man, identified as 59-year-old Roger Branson, who had barricaded himself in the home and was threatening his wife. Deputies tried to negotiate with Branson, but he wouldn't cooperate, the release states.

His wife, Dawn Branson, tried to escape the home and was shot by Branson.

Deputies then encountered Roger Branson at the back of the home and he fired shots at them. Deputies returned fired and shot him.

Dawn Branson was pronounced dead at the scene. Roger Branson was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition was not released. Not officers were injured.

The TBI is investigating at the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump.

Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team are assisting in the investigation, which currently remains active and ongoing.

The TBI is not identifying the officers involved in the incident.