FBI investigates deputy-involved shooting death of Dillon McGee

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — The FBI is investigating the death of a man shot last year by a Madison County deputy. Court papers released Wednesday reveal that Sheriff John Mehr was told in February the FBI would be conducting a civil rights investigation into the Sept. 26 death of Dillon McGee. McGee’s family filed a suit against the county in March alleging that deputies violated McGee’s civil rights when they used deadly force, according to court documents. The lawsuit is on hold pending the investigation. “We wanted the court to deny it completely so we could prepare for the trial,” McGee family attorney Jeffrey Rosenblum said of the hold placed on the suit. In February, a grand jury declined to indict either of the deputies present at the time of the shooting. Court papers identify Thomas Knolton as the deputy who shot McGee. The FBI investigation could result in an indictment against Knolton, according to the documents. Investigators have said McGee was sitting in his car in a gas station parking lot when deputies approached him to talk about an ongoing investigation. They say McGee then took off in the vehicle, almost running over a deputy who opened fire.

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