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Suicidal woman fatally shot by law enforcement identified

(WMC-TV) - Officials have released the identity of the suicidal woman fatally shot by police in Covington, Tennessee.

According to a press release, Nattela Ruth Blackwell, 64, left her residence early Sunday morning with a gun.

A bulletin was dispatched to all agencies asking for help locating her.

Officials found Blackwell displaying a handgun in the roadway.

Investigators said she was ordered to drop the handgun and, when she refused, she was shot.

Early reports stated Blackwell received a ride to the Wal-Mart from someone driving a blue passenger car around 8 a.m. Sunday. Several people saw her leave the vehicle.

Sheriff J.T. "Pancho" Chumley agreed her death was a suicide.

"Our deputies have been placed on administrative leave...this unfortunate incident (was) a 'suicide by cop'," explained Chumley.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

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