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Man sought by law enforcement, trooper hit in gunfire exchange on I-24 in Coffee County

Posted at 4:28 AM, Sep 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-23 19:44:48-04

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and man sought by law enforcement were both shot in an exchange of gunfire on Interstate 24 late Thursday night.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the incident began when THP troopers stopped a vehicle driving westbound on I-24 around 11 p.m. Shortly after, the driver fled in the vehicle, starting a pursuit.

At one point, the man stopped at one of the weigh stations and dropped off a woman. She has been taken into custody for questioning. The man then allegedly continued on the interstate and two troopers followed.

The TBI said the man eventually stopped after troopers deployed spike strips. NewsChannel 5 was told he then got out of the vehicle and shot toward the troopers, who returned fire. One trooper and the man were hit. Both were flown to different hospitals for treatment and are expected to survive.

Special agents with the TBI are involved in the investigation.

The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed south of Manchester near mile marker 117. The roadway reopened by 4:41 a.m.