- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Bradley County sheriff’s deputy is recovering from minor injuries and a man is dead this morning after the female officer encountered him at her home around 2 a.m. and wound up in a struggle that ended in the attacker being fatally shot.

The deputy, Tiffany Oakley, was working the 7 p.m to 7 a.m. shift overnight and had gone home for her lunch break when “someone stepped out of the shadows and accosted her,” Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Ramsey said this morning.

Oakley’s husband was not at home at the time.

The incident has been turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The shooting happened in Cleveland in the 1400 block of Oak Tree Lane Southeast, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement.

“The deputy tried to apprehend the subject and during the course of events fired her weapon at him. He later died at a local hospital,” DeVine said.

Ramsey said the deputy was “all right” and was being checked out at a local hospital.

“It was a pretty strenuous fight and she was bruised up pretty good. From what I heard, he was out to do her in it surely sounded like,” he said.

Ramsey said the attacker was unknown to Oakley.

Oakley has been with the sheriff’s office for two years, according to Sheriff Eric Watson. She has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the TBI investigation, officials said

The TBI will release any further details on the attack and the attacker’s identity, Ramsey said.

“Our agents are working to collect evidence and conduct any and all relevant interviews as the investigation progresses,” DeVine said.

Stay with the Times Free Press for more on this developing story.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at [email protected] or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

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