Coffee County deputies recovering after being shot by inmate

Wade Basset, left, courtesy of the Manchester Times. Wendell Bowen, right, courtesy of Brandi Kimbrell

COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two Coffee County sheriff’s deputies remain hospitalized one day after they were shot by an inmate.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said inmate Michael Bell shot deputies Wendell Bowen and Wade Bassett at the Coffee County Justice Center Monday afternoon.

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Deputy Bowen’s stepdaughter Brandi Kimbrell told News 2 that her stepfather is receiving treatment at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Kimbrell said the deputy is able to nod his head and he is blinking.

She described it as promising, but said Bowen is, “not out of the woods yet.”

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“We are extremely grateful for every call, text, message, prayer, and [the] support we have received from our community,” Kimbrell said in a statement to News 2.

As for Deputy Bassett, his daughter-in-law said Bassett is expected to have surgery on his injured hand Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.