NC suspect arrested in Tennessee deputy shooting

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Credit: Curtis McCloud/WJHL

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. — A North Carolina man was arrested Thursday morning in the shooting of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy.

Carter County deputies found 36-year-old Kelly Pitts, of Hickory, N.C., armed inside a cave about 200 yards behind a Tennessee home around 3 a.m., according to WJHL.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said in a news conference that his office received a call at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday about an intoxicated man waving a gun.

Lunceford told WJHL that the suspect barricaded himself and fired an estimated 30 to 40 rounds at him and his deputies, hitting a cruiser and, at least, three other vehicles.

Deputies returned fire and he fired more rounds before the scene went quiet.

Deputy Jenna Markland was shot on the left side of her forehead and above her mouth during the incident. She was flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

Lunceford said the bullet did not appear to have penetrated her skull.

A second victim was shot in the hand during the incident.

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