Sheriff's office investigating fatal police shooting

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EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a south Tennessee police officer fatally shot a suspect.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports ( the altercation began at about 6 p.m. Friday when East Ridge police responded to a report of a man wielding a knife.

Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Matt Lea says police located the suspect outside a home.

Lea says the man refused commands and approached the officer with a weapon, prompting the officer to fire.

Alec Long lives nearby. He says he saw the officer on the driver's side, aiming a rifle over the hood of his car. Long says he didn't see anything in the suspect's hands.

Officials have not released the name or race of the officer or the suspect.

East Ridge is about 8 miles southeast of Chattanooga.

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