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Tenn. Deputy Shoots Man with Sword

November 03, 2011  | 

A Hawkins County (Tenn.) Sheriff's deputy shot a man who lunged at him with a short-bladed sword, after the deputy repeatedly asked him to drop the weapon.

Brandon Lee Laferty, 26, was transported to an area hospital, where he immediately underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound to his chest. The deputy also attempted to pepper-spray Laferty.

Deputies were dispatched to 298 Dykes Road in Church Hill to serve a Sullivan County violation of probation warrant that stemmed from a conviction for solicitation of aggravated sexual battery, reports the News Sentinel.

Related: Edged Weapons (photos)

Tags: Edged Weapons, Assaults on Officers, Hawkins County (Tenn.) Sheriff


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Brad B @ 11/4/2011 10:02 AM

The last time Tennessee officers shot a man with an edged weapon we all got mandatory CIT training because of the "racial overtones" of a man charging officers with a knife. Was this issue also a "race" matter?

Kevin O'Brien @ 11/5/2011 4:50 PM

The so-called experts in these edged weapons cases need to attend the Caliber Press Officer Survival Seminar where they will tell them all about edged weapons and their deadly effectiveness at less than 21 feet. Shooting an assailant with an edged weapon is an equal opportunity justification. Skin color doesn't matter. Don't fear the administration and so-what if you get paid to go to sensitivity training! You'll be the one alive at the end of the confrontation!!

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