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Tennessee sheriff’s deputy shot and killed, search for gunman underway

Tennessee officials determined that the suspect in the sheriff deputy’s murder as Steven Wiggins.

(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday and a manhunt on the shooter, the officials said.

A Dickson County sheriff’s deputy got into an altercation with the suspect when the deputy responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in Kingston Springs, The Tennessean reported.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect as Steven Wiggins. He was described as a white male with balding, brown hair.

We issue a Tennessee Blue Alert for Steven Wiggins, the person-of-interest in the mysterious death of a Dickson County sheriff’s deputy. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Spot him? 911! pic.twitter.com/Aj8oxy06hd

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) 30 May 2018

A warning for an armed suspect was issued for residents in Dickson and authorities urged residents to contact the authorities if they see something suspicious. Video on social media appeared to show state troopers in tactical gear converging on the area.

BREAKING: THP Troopers put on their tatical gear. They prepare for on a man hunt of an armed person in the VICINITY of Bear Creek Valley Rd and Tidwell Switch Rd Dickson County. pic.twitter.com/5cKQOJMdub

— Justin McFarland (@ThisJustinTv) 30 May 2018

The deputy was not immediately identified.

Since the start of 2018, at least 37 law enforcement officials in the US have died during the service-with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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