2 deadly officer involved shootings in our region on Sunday

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a driver has been shot and killed by an East Tennessee police officer who had jumped into the bed of the man’s pickup truck as he attempted to flee a DUI stop.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland tells news outlets that 30-year-old Joshua Grubb, of Lebanon, was fatally shot early Sunday in Lenoir City.

Niland says the unidentified officer was attempting to arrest Grubb’s passenger for public intoxication, when Grubb tried to drive away.

Niland says the officer jumped into the bed of the fleeing truck, ordered Grubb to stop and, when Grubb refused, shot the driver.

The officer sustained minor injuries and has been placed on paid administrative leave while TBI agents continue to investigate the shooting.

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PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) – Authorities in northeastern Alabama say a man was killed after he fired a weapon at officers following a police chase.

Citing a news release from Piedmont police, Al.com reports that 26-year-old Wesley Chad Deerman, of Boaz, crashed his vehicle Sunday and fired a weapon as he tried to flee on foot.

Police say officers returned fire, striking Deerman, who later died at a hospital.

The police chase started after officers spotted Deerman’s vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Marshall County.

The shooting is being investigated by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.

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