Tennessee sheriff’s deputy shot and killed, search for gunman underway

A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday and a manhunt was on for the gunman, officials said.

A Dickson County sheriff’s deputy got into an altercation with the suspect when the deputy is a response to a report of a stolen vehicle in Kingston Springs, The Tennessean reported.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect as Steven Wiggins. He was described as a white male with balding, brown hair. There was a $2,500 reward for datum leading to his arrest, officials said.

An alert for an armed suspect was issued for residents in Dickson and authorities urged residents to contact authorities if they see anything suspicious. Video on social media appeared to show state trooper in tactical gear converging on the area.

The deputy wasn’t instantly identified.

Tennessee officials issued a Blue Alert in the manhunt for Wiggins. A Blue Alert is issued when a Tennessee law enforcement officer is injured or killed in the line of duty. TBI spokesman Josh Devine said it’s the second Blue Alert that has been issued since it was created in July 2011.

Since the start of 2018, at least 37 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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