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SWAT team members shoot man who confronted officers in Murphy, NC, sheriff says

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UPDATE: A new video of this incident provides a different account of what police say happened below.

Read the latest here.



December 13, 2022 report, based on a press release by the Cherokee County Sherriff's Office

A man from Murphy, North Carolina is now recovering in a Chattanooga hospital after SWAT team members shot him after they say he confronted officers, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

A post on Facebook from the sheriff's office says the incident happened late Monday night at a home near the 1800 block of Upper Bear Paw Road.

Dispatchers got a call reporting several shots fired at the address.

Deputies on the scene were unable to make contact with the man inside the home.

Fearing there may be a hostage situation underway, deputies got a search warrant and called in the Cherokee Indian Police Department SWAT Team for help.

The man, later identified as 41-year-old Jason Harley Kloepfer, 'engaged in a verbal altercation with officers and emerged from a camper trailer and confronted officers,' the post says.

That's when members of the Cherokee Indian Police SWAT team shot and wounded him.

He was taken to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, and at last word he was in stable condition.

The post says Kloepfer is charged with communicating threats and resist, obstruct, and delay, and that more charges may follow.

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If anyone has any information about this incident, contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Investigation’ s Division at 828 837-2589.

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