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Blount County deputy Greg McCowan killed while conducting a traffic stop in Maryville

The suspect, identified as Kenneth DeHart still at large and is considered armed and dangerous.



A deputy was fatally shot and another injured in Maryville during a traffic stop on Thursday evening, just before 8:30 p.m., according to officials from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

The suspect, identified as Kenneth DeHart, reportedly refused to comply with deputies’ instructions and exit the vehicle. Despite attempts to subdue him with a stun device, DeHart remained uncooperative.

At some point during the encounter, DeHart produced a firearm and opened fire, striking both deputies, as reported by the TBI. Deputy Greg McCowan tragically lost his life in the shooting, while Deputy Shelby Eggers sustained injuries and has since been released from the hospital for recovery at home.

The incident occurred in the 4900 block of Sevierville Road in Maryville, and law enforcement agencies are currently in pursuit of DeHart.

Authorities have emphasized that DeHart is considered armed and dangerous, advising the public not to approach him under any circumstances. Instead, they urge individuals who encounter DeHart to immediately contact 911.

Blount County Sheriff James Berrong disclosed that warrants have been issued for DeHart’s arrest on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and felon in possession of a firearm, with no bond set.

Additionally, DeHart has a prior criminal record. Officials from the Tennessee Department of Corrections confirmed that DeHart was previously convicted of felony aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon.

Subsequently, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a Blue Alert and added DeHart to their Most Wanted list.

“TBI officials have stated that currently, there is no available clothing description for the suspect, nor is there any information regarding the direction of their travel.

To assist in locating the suspect, a tip line has been established for individuals with potential information on the suspect’s whereabouts.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has urged residents residing in the Wildwood area to review footage from outdoor security or doorbell cameras for any signs of suspicious activity or individuals during Thursday evening.

Those possessing relevant information are encouraged to contact 865-981-7125. Additionally, information related to the investigation can be provided by calling 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, while the TBI has offered an additional $2,500 reward for the same purpose.”