DECATURVILLE, Tenn. — State police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by deputies in rural West Tennessee early Tuesday.
It happened after a robbery at a Decatur County gas station, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland said.
Responding county deputies tried to stop a car matching the description of a vehicle involved in the robbery, Niland said. The driver drove off the road and down an embankment in an attempt to avoid deputies, she said.
Deputies followed and got into an altercation with the driver. Niland said shots were fired and the driver, identified as Charles Dove, 35, of Jackson, was killed.
Authorities found a gun on Dove, but it isn’t clear if he fired it, Niland said. Five deputies were involved in the shooting, but it isn’t immediately known how many shot Dove, she said.
Dove was white, and so are the deputies involved in the incident, Niland said. The deputies’ names were not released.
The TBI will give results of its investigation to the district attorney for his review.