Man shot by Coffee County deputy

Coffee County Deputy shooting

COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot by a Coffee County deputy Thursday morning.

The incident started around 9:45 a.m. when neighbors called the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious person near the Concord Baptist Church in Tullahoma, located off Highway 55.

Authorities said when a deputy arrived, he found a 35-year-old man, identified as Robert Rosson, who charged at him with a knife.

Coffee County Deputy shooting
It happened near Concord Baptist Church in Tullahoma just off Highway 55.

The deputy then fired his gun, striking Rosson. It is unclear how many times the suspect was shot. The deputy was uninjured.

Rosson was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment. His condition was not immediately known

Authorities said he is from the area.

Leo Smith, who lives near the church on Concord Road, said he did not hear the shooting but responding deputies got his attention.

“I didn’t hear anything this morning,” he said. “Then I looked out and said ‘What’s going on?’ looked out and saw a couple of patrol cars, and one parked in my driveway.”

Smith said the deputy in his driveway told him about the suspicious person, but Smith said he never saw Rosson.

Coffee County sheriff’s officials told News 2 incidents like this are unusual in the county.

“[It is] very uncommon in this area,” spokesman Lucky Knott told News 2. “It is very,very rare that this ever happens.”

The investigation is ongoing. Further details weren’t immediately released.

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