Suspected killer in Tenn. caught after manhunt By BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 25 minutes ago
A man suspected of killing a deputy sheriff and wounding another was caught Thursday night after he survived shooting himself at the end of a daylong manhunt, authorities said.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director Mark Gwyn said agents found Kermit Bryson behind his girlfriend's house and negotiated with him for about 20 minutes before he shot himself in the head.
Bryson, 29, a tattoo artist, was transported by helicopter to a Chattanooga hospital. A spokeswoman at Erlanger Hospital said information on Bryson's condition wouldn't immediately be released.
Federal, state and local authorities launched an "all-out manhunt" for the suspect after the early morning shooting death of Grundy County sheriff's deputy Shane Tate, 28.
Gwyn said officers did not fire any shots during the negotiations in Monteagle, a town of 1,200 people along Interstate 24 about 35 miles northwest of Chattanooga.
"We gave it the best effort we could," Gwyn said.
Tate died at a mobile home where he was trying to take Bryson into custody on a probation violation warrant.
Officers had been looking for Bryson for six to eight months when they found him about 3 a.m. Thursday at a mobile home in Monteagle.
Shots were fired and Grundy County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Tate, 28, died at the scene, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.
Monteagle Police Officer Brian Malhoit was grazed by a bullet but not seriously hurt. A reserve deputy also at the scene wasn't injured.