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Suspect killed after police find his wife stabbed to death in car

Police in an East Tennessee town shot and killed Randall Pope, 49, Friday night, after finding his wife dead in a car outside the couple’s apartment.

Morristown police officers responded to a call about a stabbing about 11:30 p.m., the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said, and found Wendy Lea Pope, 40, in a vehicle with apparent stab wounds to the neck, according to WBIR.

TBI said officers found Randall Pope inside the apartment, where he “was armed with a handgun and refused to comply with verbal commands to drop the weapon.”

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“At some point during the encounter, Pope reportedly raised the weapon at officers, resulting in four officers firing shots, striking him,” TBI said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

TBI is conducting an investigation into the shooting and will hand over its findings to the District Attorney General. Three patrol officers and two investigators responded to the call, they said, and none were injured.

Morristown police said that Pope had a history of domestic violence, according to the Citizen-Tribune. The department told the paper they responded to a report of alleged abuse against Wendy Pope in March.

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