TBI investigates death of Cocke County 12-year-old

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NEWPORT (WATE) – The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 12-year-old child in the Centerview Community of Cocke County following a shooting on Tuesday.

The TBI and Tennessee Department of Children’s Services are assisting in the investigation.

The mother of the child called around 10:04 p.m. Tuesday to inform dispatch that her son apparently shot himself. Upon arrival, officers attempted to render first aid and CPR until EMS arrived to transport the child. The child was transported to the emergency room.

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the circumstances of the situation.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and every person affected by this tragedy. I urge all citizens to step up and pray for everyone affected by the tragedy. The Centerview Community is a close community and this situation has already affected the lives of many,” said Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes.

No further information will be available until a determination has been made about what led up to the shooting.

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