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Police: suspect in shooting of Tenn. police officer is dead

Kitts was located this morning and police said he killed in a shootout.
Published: Oct. 18, 2020 at 4:55 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 2:41 PM EDT
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EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The East Ridge Police Department said an officer is in the hospital after he was shot during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, WTVC reported.

Corporal Terry Prescott was reportedly shot after attempting a traffic stop on the 4000 block of Ringgold Road around 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Police identified the shooter as 43-year-old Christopher J. Kitts of Dallas, Texas.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said Kitts, died after a “lengthy standoff and several shootouts” with Georgia law enforcement officers.

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Posted by East Ridge Police Department on Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sisk said Kitts continuously shot an members of law enforcement with a high-powered rifle. He says Kitts also managed to fire on and hit several drones that were looking for him.

ERPD Chief Allen said when Prescott pulled the suspect over, Kitts got out of his car and shot at Prescott several times and then jumped back in his car and drove off.

Kitts' Dodge Challenger was located in a Rossville subdivision by Georgia State Patrol, according to Allen. Kitts had abandoned the car and was on the run.

Several law enforcement agencies were searching for Kitts. Police said he was considered armed and dangerous.

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