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TBI investigating shooting death at Rockwood Walmart

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal shooting at the Rockwood Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Dispatch reports indicate a caller had said a man was suicidal and had been threatening suicide or suicide by cop.

Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Rockwood Police approached the suicidal man in his vehicle when officers saw him raise a gun.

“The officer fired one shot … did not hit the subject,” said Stinnett.

The victim then turned the gun on himself, Stinnett said.

Stinnett said a family member had spotted the victim in the parking lot.

Stinnett said Rick Thomas was the Rockwood officer involved in the shooting.

Look in the Friday, Feb. 10, edition of the Roane County News for a full story.