Deputy’s wife’s shooting reportedly self-inflicted

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/16/17

Authorities are stating the gunshot wound that killed a deputy’s wife was self-inflicted.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of 10th District Attorney General Stephen …

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Deputy’s wife’s shooting reportedly self-inflicted

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Authorities are stating the gunshot wound that killed a deputy’s wife was self-inflicted.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of 10th District Attorney General Stephen Crump, was called to investigate the death of 45-year-old Deanna O’Daniel at her Old Tasso Place home.

Mrs. O’Daniel was the wife of Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert O’Daniel. She was also a former officer in the Corrections Division.

The TBI was called in on Tuesday, not long after the 8:20 a.m. incident. The TBI’s Josh Divine said O’Daniel died at Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland. He added an autopsy will be performed in Chattanooga, and TBI agents will continue to gather relevant information, interviews, and evidence.

Information was released noting the deputy was at the home when the incident occurred. No other information was made available on Tuesday or early this morning.

Findings from the investigation will be made available to District Attorney General Steve Crump’s office for further review and consideration.

BCSO Communications Director James Bradford said O’Daniel was not on duty at present for bereavement time.

The sheriff’s office released this statement: “Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to Patrol Deputy Robert O’Daniel regarding the loss of his wife, Deanna O’Daniel. Our agency will be readily available to offer our assistance in a number of capacities during this extremely difficult time. The announcement of former Correctional Officer Deanna O’Daniel’s death has deeply impacted her colleagues, who shared many memories during her tenure at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. While we continue to express our deepest condolences, we also want to recognize her years of dedicated service and unwavering commitment as a public servant to this community as a 911 dispatcher and correctional officer.”

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