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Name released of suspect killed in Hawkins County officer-involved shooting

Name released of suspect killed in Hawkins County officer-involved shooting

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting which occurred around 5 p.m. Monday in Hawkins County.

Eugene Loftis, 25, of Church Hill, was killed. Deputies responded to a tip about a man wanted for armed robbery in Dickenson County, Virginia. The tip said the wanted man was in the area of a mobile home park on Okolona Road in Church Hill.

Authorities said when deputies arrived, they found Loftis in the passenger side of a vehicle. The TBI said Loftis then reached for a gun. One of the deputies then opened fire and killed the suspect.

There was also a driver in the car who was not injured. No deputies were hurt in the incident.

The incident remains under investigation. We will have more information as it becomes available.

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