Woman armed with handgun shot, killed by police in LaFollette

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Police in LaFollette shot and killed a woman Monday morning after they received a call that she was breaking into a home.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the LaFollette Police Department received a report just before 7 a.m. that a woman was trying to break into a home on East Prospect Street.

When officers got to East Prospect Street, they ran into the woman who they said was armed with what was believed to be a handgun. 

LaFollete police say the woman pulled the gun from her waistband and though officers told her several times to drop the gun, she pointed it at the officers. They say they were forced to fire, hitting the woman.

Officers secured the scene and started giving the woman medical treatment. She was taken to Tennova Hospital in LaFollette where she was pronounced dead.

The woman’s identity has not yet been released, pending family notification.

No officers were hurt.

TBI agents and forensic scientists are still conducting interviews and gathering evidence.

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