The Commercial Appeal

Tenn. cops kill two armed suspects

Shootings in Nashville, Decatur

- Associated Press

Tennessee lawmen killed two suspects in separate shootings Tuesday.

Police in Nashville said a 43-year-old man was fatally shot by an officer after pulling a pistol.

In West Tennessee’s Decatur County, deputies killed a man who was driving a car suspected in a robbery.

The Tennessean newspaper reported that Sandy Joe Duke of Springfiel­d was shot just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said no officers were injured.

Law enforcemen­t officials said Duke was a suspect in a home invasion earlier in the day in Robertson County.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Robertson County sheriff’s officials were able to track the suspect to Nashville.

Aaron said police located the suspect and ordered him to stop, but he fled.

Aaron said officers again commanded him to stop, and he turned toward them with a pistol in hand, so an officer opened fire.

Police identified the officer as Wesley McClelland, who has been placed on administra­tive leave. Duke and McClelland are both white.

In Decatur County, deputies killed a man after a robbery at a gas station, Tennessee Bureau of Investigat­ion spokeswoma­n Susan Niland said.

Responding county deputies tried to stop a car matching the descriptio­n of a vehicle involved in the robbery, Niland said. The driver drove off the road and down an embankment in an attempt to avoid deputies, she said.

Deputies followed and got into an altercatio­n with the driver.

Niland said shots were fired and the driver, identified as Charles Dove, 35, of Jackson, was killed.

Authoritie­s found a gun on Dove, but it isn’t clear if he fired it, Niland said.

Five deputies were involved in the shooting, but it wasn’t immediatel­y known how many shot Dove, she said.

Dove was white, and so are the deputies involved in the incident, Niland said.

The deputies’ names were not released.

The TBI will give results of its investigat­ion to the district attorney for his review.

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