(Patriot.Buzz) – In a disturbing development highlighting the rampant criminality affecting America, a tense manhunt is underway after a sheriff’s deputy was killed while another was injured during a proceeding gone wrong.
42-year-old Kenneth Wayne DeHart has been identified as the driver who escalated a routine traffic stop into a deadly confrontation on Sevierville Road in Maryville, Tennessee.
He was uncooperative from the start after being stopped and resisted deputies’ attempts to manage the situation. When officers failed to taser him DeHart opened fire and then fled the scene.
In the wake of the shooting, a Blue Alert blanketed Tennessee in an effort to locate DeHart after he fled the scene in a silver Lexus. Now he is believed to be traveling on foot and descriptions paint him as an “armed and dangerous” 260-pound 6-foot-tall Black man with dreadlocks.
The search also enlisted the help of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), which put DeHart at the top of the state’s Most Wanted list and offered a reward of up to $2,500 for tips leading to his capture. Additionally the Blount County mayor has upped the ante with a $10,000 reward for information that secures DeHart’s arrest.
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong issued a statement saying Deputy Greg McCowan was fatally shot and Deputy Shelby Eggers suffered a gunshot wound to the leg but is now on the mend at home after a hospital stay. In response, the agency issued warrants to charge DeHart with “First Degree Murder”, “Attempted First Degree Murder” and “Felon in Possession of a Weapon.”
Sheriff Berrong also vowed to capture DeHart and bring justice for Deputy McCowan and safety for the community. His office also thanked the outpouring of support and prayers for the deputies’ families during this challenging time.
As the search for DeHart continues the community and law enforcement agencies remain on high alert regarding any evidence that could lead to DeHart’s location.
TBI agents continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday evening in Blount County. Click below to read our preliminary statement.
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) February 9, 2024