Deputy stabbed, suspect killed in altercation in Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy has been stabbed and a sexual assault suspect has been fatally shot in Tennessee’s largest county.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy approached a man suspected in a recent assault on Monday morning near a county courthouse building in Memphis. McAlister said the man led the deputy on a brief foot chase before he stabbed the deputy in the arm.

McAlister says the deputy shot the man, identified as 49-year-old James Lee Kirkwood, 49. Kirkwood died at a hospital.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy was taken to a hospital in non-critical condition.

TBI will investigate and give its report to district attorney Amy Weirich. She will then decide whether to pursue charges against the deputy.

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