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One Person Dead, Officer Shot In Clarksville

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –One person was killed and a police officer wounded after a stand-off in Clarksville Thursday. 

It all started around 11 a.m. when a man went to a home on Quicksilver Court after he had been shot at nearby home.

The victims' bangs on the door frightened the woman inside, so she called Clarksville Police who responded to a burglary in progress call.

"That's when we went back to the other house and went inside. The individual (suspect) was in there and that's when one of our officers was wounded," according to Officer Jim Knoll of the Clarksville Police Department.

Police said the suspect, who was wearing an army uniform, waited for the four officers to come inside the house and then opened fire. One of the Clarksville Police officers was hit.

"He was shot in the upper left arm," Knoll said.

The officer was treated and released at a local hospital. Knoll said the bullet was still lodged in his arm and will have to be removed at a later date.

Two officers were trapped inside the home for a time, until two other officers were able to help them get out safely.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the home, and authorities negotiated with him to surrender. They deployed tear gas inside the home to coax him out.

The suspect, who was not identified, surrendered on his own and was taken into custody just before 2:30 p.m.

The victim who went to the neighbor's house after he was shot died on the front porch of that home.

A friend of the woman inside that house called her shortly after police arrived on the scene.

"She said she was in the bathroom with her two small children and just waiting for her husband to try and get through. He was on post when this was all happening," said Tracy Ryver.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into this shooting.

A TBI spokeswoman confirmed both the suspect and the victim were active soldiers stationed at Ft. Campbell.

Neighbors were told not to leave their homes during the incident, and other residents were not allowed in the neighborhood.

Michael Griffis' two daughters were home sick when the shooting took place. His 12-year-old daughter called him after hearing gun shots.

"She said 'dad, you've got to come home because there's police, there's ambulances, there's fire trucks all in our driveway,'" Griffis explained.

Hazelwood Elementary, which backs up to Quicksilver Court, was placed on lock down due to the shooting. All of the students were safe, according to school officials.

The identities of the victim, the suspect and the officer involved in this incident have not been released.

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