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Officer shoots gun-wielding suspect

Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor Laurie Everett • Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

MT. JULIET - A Mt. Juliet police spokesman said a Mt. Juliet police officer shot a man who threatened to kill himself and then pointed a gun toward officers and a bystander predawn Saturday.

The man, who remains unidentified, was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he is being treated for injuries sustained in the shooting.

According to police spokesman Tyler Chandler, the shooting took place at 2:30 Saturday morning at the 700 block of Stonegate Drive in the Stonegate mobile home community.

Chandler said officers responded to a call of a man threatening to kill himself. Officers arrived at the scene and set up a perimeter around the home. He said a 56-year-old man came out of the home and pointed a gun in the direction of officers and a bystander.

An officer fired at the man and the subject was hit by the officer's gunfire, but it's uncertain how many times he was shot. Chandler would not release the name of the officer who shot the subject, nor the subject's name.

Two female family members and a male child were in the home during the incident and were not aware of what happened until officers notified them. No one else was hurt during the incident, according to the release.

"This is certainly a traumatic event for the injured subject, his family and the officers involved," said police Chief James Hambrick. "Our thoughts and prayers are extended for a quick recovery. Police officers can go through their entire career and never be involved in this type of incident. This is one of the most difficult things an officer has to do."

The officer is on administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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