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UPDATE: ME report shows Hendrix was shot in back

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Photo from Daniel Hendrix' Facebook page. Photo from Daniel Hendrix' Facebook page.
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UPDATE: The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's report on the fatal shooting of Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Correction Deputy Daniel Hendrix shows he was shot in the back.

The report lists the probable cause of death and a "gunshot wound to the right upper back."

Hendrix encountered two Chattanooga police officers when they responded to a disorderly call March 29, and found him with a personal weapon, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI is handling the investigation, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting. A full autopsy will also be performed.


PREVIOUS STORY: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Josh DeVine explained further details of the shooting during Wednesday's news conference.

DeVine says that Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Correction Deputy Daniel Hendrix was celebrating his birthday with two off-duty Chattanooga police officers before the disorderly call was made to Chattanooga police.

"We just heard sirens everywhere and then I noticed they were right there," Lindsay Plunkett, a neighbor said.

The TBI says that Hendrix's weapon was a personal gun. Chattanooga police fired four times when they encountered Hendrix. Hendrix later died from his gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

"All of these cases can be difficult. I mean you really are working quickly to gather as much relevant information as you can. You want to be very thorough. You want to be very careful," Josh DeVine, a TBI spokesman said.

READ MORE | HCSO Corrections Deputy Daniel Hendrix' past

Sheriff Jim Hammond issued a statement Wednesday morning on the shooting, saying:

"The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office would like to offer its condolences to the family of our Corrections Deputy and our prayers are with those involved in this unfortunate incident.

At this time, District Attorney Neal Pinkston has requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to investigate the incident so the HCSO and the CPD may remain neutral."

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office corrections deputy has died after a shooting involving police officers. 

Chattanooga Police responded to a disorder with a weapon involved on Shawnee Trail on Wednesday at 1:27 a.m.  One shot was fired before officers arrived on scene. When police officers arrived, they encountered two off-duty CPD officers leaving the home. 

A separate group of CPD officers encountered an armed suspect outside the home. Officials say it was during that encounter that police were forced to shoot that suspect. Officers gave medical aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The suspect was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

"It was pretty crazy. I just wanted to grab her and hold her all night," Plunkett said.

Authorities discovered the suspect was an employee of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. His role and status are unclear at this time. The Hamilton Count Sheriff's Office and the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office has been notified. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency in this case. 

Stay with Channel 3 as this story continues to develop. 


PREVIOUS STORY: According to Chattanooga Police, a person was shot early Wednesday morning on Shawnee Trail in Chattanooga.

Channel 3 is told the victim has been taken to the hospital. No word at this time of their condition. 

Police are investigating. You're asked to call 698-2525 if you know anything that may help in this situation. 

Stay with Channel 3 on air and online as this story continues to develop. 

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