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Deputy in surgery after shooting at Tennessee courthouse

Michael Bell

COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. — Tennessee officials said one of the deputies shot at a county courthouse is undergoing surgery and the second deputy is being treated for a hand injury.

Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott said at a news conference Monday evening that the shooter was an inmate, Michael Bell, who fled about two blocks away and fatally shot himself.

Northcott identified the Coffee County deputies as Wade Bassett and Wendell Bowen.

The prosecutor said Bassett went to a holding cell after Bell appeared in court.

Northcott said Bell attacked Bassett and took his firearm after a struggle.

Northcott said Bell shot the deputy and fled, shooting Bowen on his way out of the building.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said that after the inmate fled, he entered an occupied home, exited and went behind another house and shot himself.

One of the deputies was shot in the stomach while the other was injured in the hand.

The county courthouse is located in Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville.