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Morristown police believe suspect shot at officer who opened fire; investigation ongoing


MORRISTOWN, Tennessee — Morristown Police Maj. Michelle Jones says police believe a Hamblen County man killed by an officer Saturday night had fired at the officer.

Jones says 37-year-old Michael Shannon Gaby had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. He was killed after Officer Rocky White pulled over his vehicle and attempted to arrest him.

Jones said Gaby drew a handgun on White. The handgun was recovered near Gaby, and police believe it was fired at least once.

The Citizen Tribune reports ( Gaby was on parole for felony convictions and faced a return to prison and additional time if he had been caught carrying a weapon.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting. White is on routine paid leave. Both the officer and the suspect are white.

Information from: Citizen Tribune,

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