Tennessee deputy wounded, man dead after gunfire exchange

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WESTMORLAND, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee sheriff's deputy was wounded and a suspect was found dead after authorities responding to a report of an armed man causing a disturbance exchanged gunfire with him, officials said.

Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a male subject with a gun, walking down a road and causing a disturbance, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Nathaniel Damien Raabe, 48, fired shots when the deputies arrived and the officers returned fire, the statement said.

Macon County Sgt. Kyle Petty suffered two gunshot wounds and was treated at a Nashville hospital, Sheriff Mark Gammons told news outlets.

Raabe retreated inside a home after the gunfire exchange and was dead when authorities found him, officials said.

"TBI agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, and special agent/ forensic scientists have been on the scene to collect and process any and all relevant evidence," the bureau said.