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Tennessee shooter dead, officer in ‘serious condition’ after welfare turns deadly, officials say

A Tennessee police officer is in serious condition and his alleged shooter is dead after gunfire erupted during a welfare check on Saturday morning, officials say.

Sullivan County deputies were sent to 3606 Highway 11W after a welfare check was requested for the 44-year-old Jackie Scott Pendergrass, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a statement.

Once on Pendergrass’ residence, officials say, he opened fire, getting off at least one shot.

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TBI said that the deputies retreated and tried to communicate with the suspect, but he opened fire again. Officers returned fire, but the Deputy-Steve Hinkle was hit during the exchange.

He was taken to a hospital, where officials say he is in serious condition.

As the deadlock continued, Pendergrass barricaded himself in his house, where officials made repeated attempts to communicate with him.

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TBI said after a few hours, officers entered the house, where the suspect died.

The TBI said that an investigation is underway.

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