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UPDATE: Names of deputy and suspect released in Wednesday shootout

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: TBI spokesman Josh DeVine tells Channel 3 TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office deputy Wednesday night.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Tram Trail Road and Highway 111 in Dunlap. 

Preliminary information indicates that SCSO Deputy Wallace Cunningham was involved in a vehicle pursuit, which ended in Dunlap when Shaun Michael Powers' vehicle ran into a ditch. 

Cunningham exited his vehicle in an attempt to arrest suspect Powers. When the deputy approached Powers' vehicle, he was fired at, hitting the deputy twice. 

Despite his injuries, Cunningham managed to disarm and detain the suspect until backup could arrive.

The deputy was flown by medical helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where he was treated and later released. 

Even though the deputy did not fire his service weapon, the suspect was injured during the incident and has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Residents near highway 111 at the foot of Cagle Mountain are still in shock after learning a deputy was injured in their community. Kelley Jensen has lived in Dunlap for several years, she said nothing like this has happened in a long time.

"It’s very surprising to me we rarely have any bad things that happen here in this town, it's a very safe town,” Jensen said.

Powers, 21, was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Homicide. He was booked into the Sequatchie County Jail, where at the time of this release, his bond amount had yet to be determined.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A Sequatchie County deputy has been shot in a shootout with a suspect off Hwy 111 Wednesday night.

Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock confirmed to Channel 3 that a deputy was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the hip.

It happened during a shootout with a suspect near Tram Trail at the foot of Cagle Mountain.

The suspect was shot once in the hand.

The Sheriff says the deputy was taken to a nearby hospital but has since been released.

The suspect is now in custody.

The TBI is expected to release additional information on the shooting later Thursday morning.

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