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Morristown chief: Officer appears justified in fatal shooting

Associated Press • Jul 7, 2015 at 1:00 AM

MORRISTOWN — An East Tennessee police chief says it appears that an officer who fatally shot a suspect during a traffic stop was justified in his actions.

Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt told The Citizen Tribune that the shooting occurred Saturday when an officer stopped a vehicle at a car wash. Overholt said the suspect, 37-year-old Michael Shannon Gaby, was wanted on outstanding warrants.

Police Maj. Michelle Jones said the suspect drew a handgun on the officer when he attempted to take him into custody. Jones said a handgun was recovered near the suspect, but it wasn't clear if he had fired it.

The name of the officer hasn't been released.

Overholt said he has called in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting.

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