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TBI: Deputy shot, killed man armed with knife in Washington County

Johnson City Press • May 26, 2020 at 10:38 AM

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man Monday night near Telford after the man charged deputies with a knife, according to a news release.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Tuesday the incident took place after deputies were called to the 100 block of Polo Lane about 11:30 p.m. about a man threatening to harm himself and relative. They encountered Gary P. Dorton, 44, armed with a large knife on the front porch.

Deputies asked Dorton to drop the knife, but he would not comply, the TBI said. Dorton charged one of the deputies, resulting in the deputy firing his service weapon, striking Dorton. Dorton still refused to drop the knife and attempted to cut himself. A deputy then deployed a taser to subdue him. Although first responders administered CPR immediately, Dorton died at the scene.

The TBI handled the investigation at the request of 1st District Attorney General Ken Baldwin. The agency said the shooting remained an ongoing investigation and findings would be shared with Baldwin throughout the process for his consideration and review.

Per policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions to the local law enforcement agency.

Story courtesy of the Johnson City Press

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