Deputy shoots, kills knife-wielding man in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 33-year-old man was shot and killed by a deputy Wednesday night in Estill Springs, Tennessee, about 85 miles southeast of Nashville.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, an Estill Springs police officer conducted a traffic stop just outside the Estill Springs trailer park about 5:30 p.m.

The officer reportedly recognized the driver, identified as Michael Adams, as a wanted suspect.

Adams allegedly got out of his car and ran away when a nearby deputy drove after him. As the deputy got close, he got out of his vehicle and the 33-year-old is accused of turning on him and pulling a knife.

Authorities say the deputy then fired shots in return, hitting and killing Adams behind a home on Circle Drive. Agents later recovered a knife from the scene, according to the TBI.

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The exact charges against the suspect have not been released, but the sheriff’s office told News 2 at least one was felony.

The deputy’s identity was not immediately known. No further details have been given.

The TBI says they are working alongside forensic scientists to gather evidence, interviews and information at this time.

Once their findings are complete, they will turn them over to the district attorney general for his review.

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(Photo: WKRN)

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