Inmate dies, 2 officers injured at Middle Tennessee courthouse

FILE PHOTO: The Coffee County Courthouse and courthouse square in Manchester, Tennessee, United States. (Brian Stansberry / Creative Commons)


MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WATE/WKRN) – One officer was shot and a second officer was shot and bitten by an inmate during a struggle over a weapon at the Coffee County Courthouse.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the inmate died a short distance from the courthouse. State Rep. Judd Matheny said one officer was shot in the hand and the other in the abdomen. A spokesman for the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office said one of them was also bitten by the inmate.

Both officers were transported to Erlanger Heath System in Chattanooga. They were last listed in stable condition.

TBI said they are investigating the incident.

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