Government: a Deputy who was fatally shot had previous arrest

CORRECTS the DATE OF DEATH TO WEDNESDAY FROM TUESDAY, AND it CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HENDRIX IN THE THIRD SENTENCE OF HENSRIX – This undated photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office shows Hamilton County, Tennessee. Deputy Daniel Hendrix. Hendrix, an off-duty deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed Wednesday, March 29, 2017, by Chattanooga police. Authorities said Wednesday that Hendrix, who was celebrating his birthday with friends, drew his gun, was restless and refused commands to drop weapon. (Hamilton County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office via AP)

(Associated Press)

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee. – An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot by police after officials say he became agitated and refused commands to drop his gun and was arrested and hanged in the past, but the charges were dropped and he was reinstated.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Daniel Hendrix was arrested in 2015 and suspended by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office after striking a female inmate he was processing.

Hendrix said in his report that he struck the inmate, and used pepper spray on her because she kicked and spit on him.

A sheriff’s spokesman said the indictment was dropped after the inmate does not appear in court, but a lawsuit is pending.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said, there is no reason to think that the incident had no impact on Wednesday’s shoot.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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