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Suspect Kenneth DeHart in Blount County deputy shooting death is captured



The individual whom authorities allege shot two deputies, resulting in the death of one, in East Tennessee, has been apprehended, as confirmed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

The TBI declared that Kenneth DeHart was arrested on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Kenneth Wayne DeHart was taken into custody a short time ago in Knoxville! Now the judicial process will take place in the court system.

Thanks to all of our law enforcement partners and our community — Sheriff James Lee Berrong

According to the TBI, DeHart, aged 42, was stopped in Mayrville, Tennessee, on Friday, February 9.

During the traffic stop, he allegedly shot the deputies, resulting in the death of 43-year-old Deputy Greg McCowan.

The other deputy involved, 22-year-old Shelby Eggers, received treatment at the hospital and was subsequently discharged.

The hunt for DeHart spanned several days, prompting the TBI to include him on their Most Wanted list and deploy billboards featuring his image and details across the Southeast.

Additionally, DeHart’s brother has been apprehended and accused of aiding and abetting a suspect following the homicide.

DeHart is anticipated to face charges including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and possession of a handgun by a felon.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.