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Tipton Co. Sheriff's Office identifies deputies involved in shooting

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Gerald Murphy (Courtesy: Tipton Co. Sheriff's Office) Gerald Murphy (Courtesy: Tipton Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jake Maese-Murphy (Courtesy: Tipton Co. Sheriff's Office) Jake Maese-Murphy (Courtesy: Tipton Co. Sheriff's Office)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE from Tipton County Sheriff's Office:

The Tipton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the deputies involved in the officer involved shooting on Saturday, 26 October 2013 as Deputy Sheriff Jason Allen, Deputy Sheriff Demario Avery, and Investigator Brandon Williams.  

Deputy Sheriff Jason Allen has been employed at the Tipton County Sheriff's Office since 24 May 2013.  He is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. 

Deputy Sheriff Demario Avery has been employed at the Tipton County Sheriff's Office since 16 December 2005. He is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division and a member of the SWAT Team. 

Investigator Brandon Williams has been employed at the Tipton County Sheriff's Office since 03 December 2001.  He is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Narcotics investigator.

"I have placed Deputy Allen, Deputy Avery and Inv Williams on Administrative Leave which is protocol to assure they are provided any resources or support after being involved in a critical incident and to be available for agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as they conduct their investigation."

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The Tipton County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man was shot and killed by deputies.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday evening, deputies went to a house in the 200 Block of Watkins Road in Drummonds to investigate a probation compliance call concerning 60-year-old Gerald Day Murphy.

Deputies made contact with Murphy near a shed beside the home and as they were entering the home, Jake Ramsey Maese-Murphy came from the back of the home.

Deputies say, Maese-Murphy had a knife and confronted them.  That's when deputies tased him.  Maese-Murphy pulled out the probes and took off.

He returned minutes later screaming he had a gun.  That's when deputies fatally shot him.

The Criminal Investigation Division responded to process the scene.  As protocol, the Sheriff's office notified the District Attorney's office and requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting. 

During the incident, the four deputies and two witnesses were not injured.  Deputies also recovered a large quantity of marijuana in a car at the house and several marijuana plants that were growing near a shed.  Gerald Murphy was taken into custody at the scene for manufacturing of marijuana.

Sheriff J.T. Chumley says, 

"This is an example of the dangers our deputies face on a daily basis.  Thankfully our deputies and the other civilians at the scene were not injured in this unfortunate incident.  The deputies will be placed on Administrative Leave as protocol when involved in a deadly force investigation."

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