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Sheriff: Knife-wielding woman killed by Tennessee officer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a knife-wielding woman shot by a Tennessee police officer has died.

Authorities say Knoxville police officer James Gadd shot 49-year-old Sierra McCouley out of fear for his life Monday afternoon. Gadd was not wounded.

In a statement Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said McCouley died at a hospital from her injuries.

The sheriff’s office says officers found McCouley standing naked in a street with a military-style knife after receiving a call about a woman who had cut herself and another person. The other person’s injuries were not described as life-threatening.

The statement says Gadd fired gunshots in self-defense because the interaction between McCouley and officers escalated. It says Gadd has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the sheriff’s office.

The statement does not indicate the races of those involved.

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