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Knoxville Police Officer Shoots, Kills Man After Alleged Attack

Officer David Gerlach Photo: Image by WVLT in Knoxville

Knoxville Police Officer Shoots, Kills Man After Alleged Attack

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Jul 28, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police said a Knoxville officer has fatally shot a man after being attacked.

Police said 45-year-old Ronald Carden died Sunday morning after suddenly attacking Officer David Gerlach, who had stopped to help him and another man change a flat tire along Interstate 40.

Media reported Carden was a parolee with a violent past. Police spokesman Darrell Debusk said in a statement that Carden, who was recently released from prison, stated that he wasn't going back right before attacking Gerlach.

Carden was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man, whose name wasn't released, was questioned and released.

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