Two deputies injured in shooting at Coffee County Courthouse

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During a Monday evening news conference, Sheriff's Capt. Danny Ferrell said Bassett wore a bullet proof vest.

Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lucky Knott said an inmate was in the courthouse for a scheduled hearing.

Jerry Brinkley was with his two grandchildren when they saw the suspect, Michael Bell, flee the courthouse. He remained in a third floor holding cell and was awaiting a transfer back to jail after his court appearance. Bell grabbed Bassett's gun, shot the deputy one time, then headed for the first floor.

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Two Coffee County deputies were injured in courthouse shooting and are now undergoing medical treatment. He says a second deputy was wounded in the hand, but it's not clear if he was shot or injured in a struggle with the inmate.

An inmate shot and injured two Coffee County deputies at a Coffee County courthouse Monday afternoon before shooting himself, reported the Tennessean. Bell attacked Bassett and took his firearm after a struggle, Northcott said.

Northcott said the kidnapping charge was in connection to a "domestic-related situation".

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"In a very unnecessarily and cowardly way, (Bell) shot (Bowen) on the way out", Northcott said. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

TBI tweeted that their preliminary investigation indicated that the shooter was dead.

Northcott said that because of the ongoing investigation, the justice center court will be closed Tuesday, June 20. "Our violent crime response team will also be working two primary crime scenes - one at the courthouse and the other at 701 Madison St.", Gwyn said. "Mr. Bell took it into his own hands to shoot one deputy and then another deputy sitting in the foyer here at the courthouse, and as he went by, he fired two rounds at that deputy, striking him at least once", Ferrell said.

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