Deputy shoots Tenn. man with bean bag round, child held hostage at knifepoint

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HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Humphreys County deputy shot a man with a bean bag round after investigators say the suspect took a 4-year-old hostage at knifepoint.

It happened at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at a home on Old Highway 13 in Waverly.

According to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis, the incident started when the suspect, Matthew Clements, started throwing rocks at a home.

The homeowner was inside the house with her 4-year-old child at the time and called 911.

That’s when Clements reportedly forced his way inside and made the mother and toddler go outside. He then held the child hostage, according to police.

When authorities arrived, they say Clements was holding the knife in a threatening manner toward the child.

To free the child, Chief Deputy Rob Edwards shot Clements with a 12-gauge bean bag round, which is a baton round that’s fired as a shotgun shell. It’s used as a non-lethal alternative to shooting someone.

Sheriff Davis told News 2 they’ve been using the device for five years.

Clements was transported to an emergency room with minor injuries. He has been charged with aggravated kidnapping.

The mother and child were not harmed in the ordeal.

Sheriff Davis said he was “proud of his deputies in the way they handled this critical situation.”

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