Man dies after being shot by deputy in White County pursuit

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WHITE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man died after he was shot by a deputy while fleeing from police in White County Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, Koltlee Whitson was driving a Chevy truck around 3:30 p.m. when deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop him in Sparta on an outstanding warrant.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Whitson fled from deputies while reportedly firing a handgun at law enforcement vehicles.

The pursuit continued for approximately 13 miles to an area near Whitson’s family farm on Post Oak Bridge Road, where Whitson allegedly turned his vehicle around.

A deputy got out of his car to stop Whitson when the 26-year-old reportedly pointed a handgun at the deputy. The deputy then fired at him as he drove by, according to the TBI.

Whitson continued driving to the intersection of Post Oak Bridge and Walnut Grove Road, where he allegedly rammed his truck into an unmarked police car before coming to a stop.

First responders found Whitson had sustained at least two gunshot wounds during the pursuit. He was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment where he later died.

An autopsy will be conducted. Additional information was not released.

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