• Deputy says knife wasn't reason for shooting 19 year old

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee deputy has testified that a knife had nothing to do with why he shot a 19-year-old suspect in January, despite initial reports to the contrary.

    The Tennessean reports Williamson County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Murphy testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that Dalton Elam of Florence, Alabama, acted like he grabbed something from his waist and then pointed his finger at the deputy like a gun.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced in January that the deputy shot a man who "displayed a knife" after fleeing a traffic stop, crashing and getting out of the car.

    The agency clarified its official statement on the matter Thursday, saying that while witness statements and evidence indicate Elam had a knife, the deputy didn't see it before shooting the suspect.

    Elam is jailed on multiple charges including reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon.

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    Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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