Hardin County deputy shot and killed, TBI investigating

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 26, 2021

CLIFTON, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the deadly shooting of a Hardin County Deputy that took place Saturday evening.

The TBI investigation comes at the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

According to Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander... Sheriff Deputy Matthew Locke was helping another deputy in a domestic disturbance call when he was "senselessly fired upon."

Deputy Locke succumbed to his injuries after being taken to a local hospital.

According to a release from the TBI, the incident took place just after 8:30 p.m. at a house in the 3000 block of Nance Bend Road in Clifton.

Upon arrival, the officers made contact with Todd Alan Stricklin who was armed with a handgun. Officers ordered Stricklin to drop the weapon but he refused.

As Locke approached the home to assist, Stricklin shot him.

Stricklin ran from the scene into a wooded area. Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to assist in the search. A few hours later, Stricklin was located and taken into custody by troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

This morning, TBI Agents obtained an arrest warrant for Todd Stricklin, charging him one count of first degree murder. He was booked into the Hardin County Jail before being transferred to the Chester County Jail.

This is a developing story. Follow NewsChannel 5 for updates.